mentormatch is a fresh approach to mentoring. It’s so fresh in fact, that it flat-out rejects capitalization of sentences that start with the term mentormatch.
As nonprofit professionals, we may have a lot to learn, but we also have a lot to share. Instead of traditional ‘top-down’ mentoring*, where someone is assigned or seeks out a mentor who imparts upon them wisdom, knowledge or life lessons, mentormatch is a fluid approach that encourages people (or a group of people if you’re into that sort of thing) to seek out and connect with others to share ideas, exchange expertise and learn from each other.
For example: Say you’re a social media ninja, but you’re completely new to the world of writing grants and proposal budgets. With mentormatch, you could share your skills, knowledge and expertise with someone who’s a pro at grant writing. It’s quid pro quo - like Hannibal Lecter & Clarice Starling, minus the fava beans and face mask.
We’re still in the process of creating some structure and mechanisms to allow people who are interested in a mentormatch to post their What for What’s and make some connections. If you’re interested in helping out – please let us know by e-mail or in the comments area below.
*Note: mentormatch isn’t a rejection of traditional mentoring, it’s just an alternative (and amusingly alliterative) approach.