Our Mentoring Program

The Latina Mentoring Academy is a five-month program that brings together Latinas in a variety of career stages for a unique professional development experience, combining professional mentorship with culturally relevant workshops and civic engagement.

Now in its 12th cycle, LMA is the only program of its kind in the state of Ohio. Corporations and organizations at the state and local levels have recognized LMA as a leading resource for the development of Latina talent.

Applications for the 2021 cycle are now open! Apply here to be a mentee! 

Applications are due April 22, 2021.

Annually, approximately 10 individuals are selected from a competitive pool of applicants. The result is a class of Latina professionals who are ready to hone their leadership skills and talents, and become active and influential leaders within the Latino community and beyond.

The program has four major components:

Mentorship: Each participant is paired with a professional mentor for the duration of the program. Mentee-mentor pairings are made on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, needs of the mentee as expressed through the application, shared personality traits, mutual background experiences, mentoring style of the mentor, and shared interests.

The goal of the mentor relationship is for it to be successful and beneficial to both the mentee and mentor. Each mentor relationship will establish the goal for their relationship. Ideally, each participant will achieve one or two short-term career goals during the program with guidance from a seasoned professional.

Overnight Retreat: In June, after a mentor-mentee mixer to kick-off the program, participants attend a mandatory overnight retreat. The retreat helps participants get to know each other, develop a cycle identity, and begin their journey of personal and professional growth.

Workshops/Sessions: The overnight retreat is complemented by nine bi-weekly evening workshops. Workshops are led by field experts. Session topics have evolved over the years to truly reflect the mission and vision of LMA, but topics have included public speaking, personal branding, money management, personal leadership styles, and community stewardship.

Community Impact Project: The final component of the program is the community impact project. Participants are split into smaller groups based on a shared passion or interest. Each group works to develop a project that will positively impact the Latino community. Each group presents their project at an open-to-the-public event in September. One project is selected by LMA staff to be implemented the following calendar year.

The goals of the community impact project are to expand our participants’ knowledge of our community’s services/resources and their respective needs/challenges, and for the participant to hone her leadership, management and team building skills in addressing a need or formulating a solution to a challenge.


Program Time Commitment

This year's program will run May – October 2021.

All sessions including the overnight retreat are MANDATORY. Participants who miss more than one workshop/session may be asked to leave the program. Any participant that arrives after 6:30 pm or leaves before 8:00 pm is absent for that respective workshop/session.

In addition to the bi-weekly workshops/sessions, participants are involved in a community impact project and monthly mentor meetings. Time devoted to the project is outside of the regular curriculum and varies according to the project scope. Participants can expect to spend a minimum of 2-4 hours per week on average, with the majority of project work occurring during mid-July to late-September. Monthly mentor meetings are also outside of the regular curriculum and vary depending on the nature of the relationship.

Mandatory Dates/Times

Mentor/Mentee Mixer  Thursday, May 27st  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Retreat  Saturday, June 5th –  

Sunday, June 6th 

9:00 am (Sat) –  

3:00 pm (Sun) 

Session 1  Thursday, June 10th  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 2  Thursday, June 24th   6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 3  Thursday, July 8th  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 4  TBD - Saturday Session 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Session 5  Thursday, July 22nd  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Summer Mixer (not required) Thursday, July 29th  6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Session 6  Thursday, August 5th   6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 7  Thursday, August 19th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Session 8  Thursday, September 2nd  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Community Impact Project  Thursday, September 16th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Reflection Thursday, September 30th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Graduation  Thursday, October 7th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Mentor Time Commitment

This year's program will run May – October 2021.

While all sessions including the overnight retreat are MANDATORY for program participants, mentors are only required to attend five specific sessions (see below).

In addition to the five required sessions, mentors must engage with their mentees for monthly mentor meetings. Monthly mentor meetings are outside of the regular curriculum and vary depending on the nature of the relationship; however, each mentor should, at minimum, meet with their mentee in person, for at least an hour, at four different instances throughout the duration of the program.

You and your mentee will set dates and times. However, we suggest that you move your mentoring relationship beyond just sit down meetings. For example, you and your mentee could attend a networking event together, you could have your mentee shadow you for a day, or you could invite your mentee to a professional development workshop or speaker event.

Mandatory Dates/Times

Mentor Orientation Thursday, May 20th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mentor/Mentee Mixer Thursday, May 27th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Impact Project Thursday, September 16th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mentor Celebration and Debrief Thursday, September 23rd 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Graduation Thursday, October 7th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Mentors are asked to sign up for at least two (2) of the events below.

PROGRAM SESSIONS We are inviting 2-3 mentors to attend program sessions from 6-6:30pm. During this 30 minute time frame we will host a virtual mixer between mentees and mentors.

Dates/Times

Session 8Thursday, September 2nd6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Session 1 Thursday, June 10th 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 2 Thursday, June 24th 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3 Thursday, July 8th 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5 Thursday, July 22nd 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6 Thursday, August 5th 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 7 Thursday, August 19th 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Cafecito & Charla We are inviting 1-2 mentors to host one hour fireside style chats from 6:30p-7:30pm. These events will be open to mentees and mentors and will be casual conversations on specific topics.

Dates/Times

Chat 1 Thursday, June 17th 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Chat 2 Thursday, August 12th 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Chat 3 Thursday, September 9th 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 


Ideal Candidates

The ideal mentor is a seasoned professional with prior mentoring experience that has the availability to attend all the required dates as outlined in the mentor application.

The ideal mentee has at least five years of professional experience, has an interest in her own professional development, and has the availability to attend all the required sessions as outlined in the mentee application.


2021 Application Information

The typical application consists of an online application and the following items:

  • Resume (2 pages max.)
  • Professional Biography (180 words max.)
  • Professional Photograph

    Applications for the 2021 cycle are now open! Apply here to be a mentor! 

    Applications are due April 22, 2021.

The completed application serves as the sole source of information used in our selection process. Therefore, it is critical that the application is thoroughly and thoughtfully completed. As such, incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Latina Mentoring Academy reserves the right if deemed necessary, to conduct phone interviews of interested applicants. All applicants will receive notice as to the status of their application by Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Timeline:

Recruitment Period: March 18- April 22, 2021

Application Available: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Status Notice to Applicants: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Deadline to Respond to Status Notice: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Program Schedule: June - October 2021

Mentor Schedule: May - October 2021