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Mentorship 2014


The first FAPAC Career Development Mentorship Program Kickoff
At Department of Education, June 8, 2012

In support of Executive Order 13583 on establishing a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is proud to introduce its first career development program titled, "The Career Development Program for High Performers" (CDP). 

The CDP is open to all federal employees with permanent career status at all levels. Up to 40 applicants (mentors and mentees) will be selected for the program. Its curriculum includes a kickoff for orientation, mutually scheduled one-on-one mentoring sessions, group training workshops, a mid-point progress review, a close-out recognition ceremony and leadership courses offered in the community.

To be eligible for being a mentor, you must be GS-13 or above and have 8 years of federal services. A mentor will guide high performers seeking to improve themselves. A good mentor must possess good knowledge of the Federal Personnel System, the structure of federal career programs, skills in performance evaluation and counseling, and abilities to provide resources to the mentee. A good mentor should be a role model, counselor, and advisor to the mentee.

Mentoring Objectives:

  • serve as an additional resource for self-improvement and professional development;
  • offer excellent opportunities to strengthen personal goals and career planning;
  • provide a forum to discuss mentees’ concerns in regard to becoming a high performer in federal government; and most important,
  • enrich individual readiness for hiring and career advancement opportunities via resume and interview practices.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

One-on-one mentoring: 12 hours
Workshop Activities: 12 hours
Leadership Projects 16 hour

Should you have questions, please contact diversity@fapac.org.



Mentoring Activities Schedule

Time commitment is critical to the success of a formal mentoring program. Both mentors and mentees are required to attend all mutually agreed upon one-on-one session totaling up to 12 hours.  Mentors are required to attend the mandatory mentor training.  

In addition, mentees are required to attend 12 hour group activities and 16 hours on a leadership project to graduate from the program. In total, mentee participants will need to set aside 40 hours for this program during this 9-month period. In lieu of these group activities, waiver may be requested for mentees to take workshops at their agencies as a substitute to this requirement due to geographical distance. Some of these group activities will be scheduled during the weekdays but on occasion, during the weekend to accommodate maximum attendance. Participants will sign a mentoring agreement to acknowledge their roles and responsibilities to improve work performance using the CD program. In support of the goals and objectives of FAPAC, they will be agreeing to make a contribution to FAPAC’s program and membership activities.

Leadership Project Requirements:
Mentees are required to complete a 16-hour shadowing assignment which can be broken into multiple segments upon agreement from the mentors and mentees. Mentors may assist your mentees in searching for two or more shadowing assignments. The goal is to provide mentees the opportunity to observe leadership skills in examples such as managing a meeting, making group decisions, resolving disputes and conflicts, providing briefing to senior leaders, etc. The shadow assignments can be given by any senior leader in any professional areas. If the mentor is unable to provide assistance, we will assist in a broader search within the community. For instances, the assignments may include opportunities to work with the FAPAC executive board to learn the FAPAC operation in a holistic view and how FAPAC leadership is organized and developed.

In collaboration with mentees, mentors are requested to develop a shadow assignments plan no later than May 31, 2014. The 16 hours shadow assignments should be completed by November 30, 2014.

 Date

GROUP ACTIVITIES

Location

January 31, 2014

Kickoff for Orientation: Successful Career Planning and Mentoring Tips 

DOT, completed,

February 20, 2014

Mandatory Refresher Training For Mentors

Conference Call

April 25, 2014

Workshop I - Resume/Effective Interview Techniques

DOT, completed.

May 1, 2014

Mentor Chat - Working Lunch
Mid-point feedback

Conference Call

July 18, 2014

Powerful Speaking/Networking

ED, completed

September 12, 2014

Supervision vs Leadership

DOT

November 30, 2014

Final Evaluation

Form Submission

December 12, 2014

Closeout for Recognition

Washington, DC

Conference call will be made available for those who cannot attend onsite.


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