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Mentors needed - Volunteer retired and semi-retired professionals with experience in senior management or entrepreneurship roles


  • Virtual Opportunity
  • WHEN
    Ongoing

DESCRIPTION

The SME Program helps aspiring and newcomer entrepreneurs to develop and polish the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge necessary to plan and start their own businesses in Canada.

Volunteer Opportunity:

Skills for Change is looking for senior, retired and semi-retired professionals willing to mentor, motivate and provide guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs joining our SME program. Mentees will include youth ages 18-29, immigrants and newcomers.

Mentors will motivate and provide guidance, support, direction and coaching to help mentees develop business-related skills such as management, market research, business planning, financial planning, customer service, operations, etc.

Each mentor is expected to provide at least 1 hour of weekly support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs during a 3 month period. Meetings are flexibly arranged in terms of time, date, location and communication method, at both mentor and mentee discretion.

Volunteer profile:

- Senior, retired and semi-retired professionals willing to mentor, motivate and provide guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Volunteer mentors will have a background in senior management and ownership roles, in at least one of the following fields: business, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, legal, taxation, venture capital, planning, import-export, customer service and operations.

Dedication: at least 4h/month.

Screening process:
All mentors for the SME program will go through a screening process to make the best mentor-mentee pairing happen. It would be great if you can get back to me regarding your thoughts on the program.

Contact:
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Aran Ruiz ( aruiz@skillsforchange.org )

Who You'll be Assisting

Skills for Change

In 1982, five English as a Second Language teachers identified a need and shared a vision for integrated skills and language training. That vision became Toronto Office Skills, the former name of the agency. As the immigrant/refugee community needs changed, the agency evaluated itself, restructured, and raised funds to acquire a building and what emerged from that process is the agency, as we know it – Skills for Change. From its inception, Skills for Change assumed a leadership role to address policy issues, undertake public education and research on issues affecting immigrants and refugees. At the same time, we pioneered innovative service models specific to internationally trained professionals. Now a range of accelerated programs are offered to fit the needs of the people arriving from all parts of the world. Services offered include information and referral, French and English language assessment, English language instruction, integrated language/skills training, employment preparation, business skills, mentoring, entrepreneurship skills, skilled trades and settlement services. Skills for Change has received the following recognition: Citizenship and Immigration Canada Citation of Citizenship Award; Conference Board of Canada Community Learning Award; and Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Newcomer Champion Award.

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Who You'll be Assisting

Skills for Change

In 1982, five English as a Second Language teachers identified a need and shared a vision for integrated skills and language training. That vision became Toronto Office Skills, the former name of the agency. As the immigrant/refugee community needs changed, the agency evaluated itself, restructured, and raised funds to acquire a building and what emerged from that process is the agency, as we know it – Skills for Change. From its inception, Skills for Change assumed a leadership role to address policy issues, undertake public education and research on issues affecting immigrants and refugees. At the same time, we pioneered innovative service models specific to internationally trained professionals. Now a range of accelerated programs are offered to fit the needs of the people arriving from all parts of the world. Services offered include information and referral, French and English language assessment, English language instruction, integrated language/skills training, employment preparation, business skills, mentoring, entrepreneurship skills, skilled trades and settlement services. Skills for Change has received the following recognition: Citizenship and Immigration Canada Citation of Citizenship Award; Conference Board of Canada Community Learning Award; and Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Newcomer Champion Award.