Three dot dash Mentorship program

2017 GLOBAL TEEN LEADERS

gOALS AND EXPECTATIONS

 
 

The 2017 Global Teen Leaders (GTLs) completed an extensive Pre-Summit Survey to help us to get to know them better. Some of the survey questions were designed to help us curate the best GTL/Mentor match possible based on common interests, expertise and specific goals. We often find that an “obvious match”, such as a Mentor who is a climate activist matched with a GTL working on environmental issues, may not make the best match based on the GTL’s specific goals—something to consider as you read.

It’s also important to know that all survey question answers were directly copied as the GTLs wrote them. So, please excuse any grammatical or spelling errors and remember that English is not always a GTL’s first language.

Feel free to contact Ali Caplan at alexandra@wearefamilyfoundation.org with any questions or additional comments. Happy reading! 

 

Aditya Sidapara

India, USA

Male, 16

Project Name: Refugee Code Academy

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Partnerships. This next year, we want to build more partnerships with tech companies because a large part of the Refugee Code Academy is job placement. Most tech companies today rely on third-party recruiters which source their talent-- we want to take this sort of role and provide our students as their talent. This would require a better understanding of the goals of recruiting at tech companies as well as more contacts in the industry (especially if we expand), so a mentor would really help us with strategy and outreach.    

2. Fundraising/Sponsorships. The crux of our program is our code training program, but many of our student demographic come from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds. In order to increase engagement and also provide greater opportunity, we will need access to tech resources such as computers. Additionally, as we expand, we see our operational costs would increase. I want to work with a mentor to define our fundraising strategy, and use possible connections in the tech industry to raise money and create a self-sustaining organization.    

3. Expansion. Currently, the Refugee Code Academy is focused in Phoenix, which has one of the largest refugee populations. But as we begin to grow, our expansion plan is more targeted based on cities, as we believe each city holds its own industry that can benefit from more skilled workers. We want to better determine our expansion strategy when it comes to entering different cities and understand possible organizational methods with such an expansion. I believe a mentor would be helpful in defining strategy.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I would like to build a close relationship with my mentor, because the people I surround myself with today are generally those who inspire me. I hope that during my one year with my mentor, I can both grow professionally and personally in order to be a better entrepreneur and social impact organizer.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Someone who is well acquainted with the tech industry through either founding a tech company or working at one. This would help us understand our goals when it comes to building partnerships with local tech companies. Also, an ideal mentor would also have experience with social impact ventures that stress on outreach. Outreach is also critical as generating discourse on the larger refugee crisis allows us to have a greater community impact. 

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Technology contacts would he helpful as people in the tech industry are one of our target demographics for expanding our organization's impact. Additionally, any contacts in impact-oriented entrepreneurship would also be helpful as it would give better insight into organized initiatives for social impact, and also help us better understand outreach efforts.


Alexia-Christina Hilbertidou

New Zealand

Female, 18

Project Name: Girl Boss New Zealand

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

Create an impactful marketing campaign. I would love to create a powerful GirlBoss campaign which will increase our visibility and hence membership. For example, If I collaborated with sponsors & embassies to bring over a well-known women leader to speak in New Zealand, then this would increase awareness about GirlBoss. A mentor with knowledge of marketing would provide valuable advice.   

2) Obtain sponsorship. I would like to learn how to obtain and formalise sponsorship. Currently, GirlBoss’ sponsorship is rather sporadic and we do not have any ongoing sponsors. If GirlBoss was to get a well-known brand on board to sponsor this would also serve as validation of the organisation.    

3) To become financially sustainable. I would like to learn strategies in order for GirlBoss to be more financially sustainable. For example, if GirlBoss was able to use the member database (e.g. through advertising) to raise funds this would allow GirlBoss to be more financially sustainable.    

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I am willing and comfortable to share personal matters outside of my work with my mentor. I envision our relationship would be close.           

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Sectors which would be most useful to GirlBoss would be: Marketing: As GirlBoss plans to launch a marketing campaign, a mentor in the marketing sector would be invaluable in providing inspiration and advice. Tech: Having a mentor who has worked in the tech space would be useful as GirlBoss is passionate about encouraging women into STEM. Entrepreneurship: A mentor that has worked with or in a social enterprise would be of great value as they might be familiar with being charitable whilst remaining financially sustainable. Alternatively, a mentor who has worked in a corporate firm would be able to suggest ways to best attract and maintain corporate sponsors. GirlBoss has a significant focus of encouraging young women into the C-suite and hence a mentor in the business field would be very helpful.   

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Ideally, the mentor would be interested in the empowerment of women and diversity in STEM fields, C-suites and higher leadership. This is because this belief is the heart of GirlBoss New Zealand.


Anders zhou

USA

Male, 17

Project Name: Lavender.O

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Launch Lavender.O— get connected with app developers for iOS!  

2. Publicity and network— keep building a community on Facebook and Twitter for Lavender.O 

3. Maybe host an event?  — not too sure what this would look like, but a launch party could be awesome.  

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I definitely envision my relationship with my mentor to be family. I want to be a part of the GTL community, but I also want to maintain really close contact with my mentor. Facetiming and Skyping are always my thing!

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Mobile app developing sector!  — I want to launch Lavender.O as soon as possible.  Social media broadcasting + Brand marketing— I definitely want Lavender.O to be as visible as possible in the public sphere.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

App developers — I really want help developing Lavender.O! App designers — this one is not as important, as I've already designed the app. However, I still might need some tips and tricks on making the UI flow more easily. Networkers — I really need help networking with my user base and getting in touch with queer youth around me.


Arifa nasim

UNITED KINGDOM

Female, 19

Project Name: Educate 2 Eradicate

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1- I want to work out exactly what to do with the money we have raised as E2E and work out what specific direction our future should head in. I'd like to know what the possible options are, and to brainstorm new and innovative ways to reach our goal.    

2- I need to find a way to engage and train more volunteers so I can get some support in managing E2E.   

3- I have to work out a way to get people interested in the work that we are doing, and find a way for them to continue the work themselves, so we can have a domino effect. It's not possible for us to train every teacher in the UK.         

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I wouldn't mind sharing personal matters with my mentor, because I would like my mentor to possibly show/help me with achieving a balance. I tend to get quite tunnel visioned about my projects and neglect my responsibility to my family, I expect them to understand because the work is so important to me, but I can't keep making that sacrifice. I would love to be able to fully share and explain that with a mentor. I'm not unreasonable, but just end up being very determined to do things on my terms.  

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Some one interested/ with experience in Education, Women's rights or Gender based Violence (honour, Female Genital mutilation, forced marriage.)    Essentially i train teachers on how to protect young people and what to watch out for - child safeguarding. I also teach children in workshops etc.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

I would like to branch out to education and specifically schools and possibly the UK department of education. We need a structural change in the education policy in the UK to ensure that the govt recognises how life saving this training is, and impresses it upon teachers and schools. In the mean time, having headteachers as contacts or people who work in schools that can get me into schools would be very useful.


baraka marawi

KENYA

Male, 17

Project Name: Mwalimu Information System 

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

One of my primary goals is the actual large scale development of my project, which entails computer programming and web development. I plan to implement by mentor's advice in coding and project design. I also hope to receive assistance from my mentor whenever I'm stuck with the project development.    Another goal of mine is to learn of appropriate marketing strategies for my project from my mentor. I plan to execute fully my mentor's instructions or advice on the marketing of my project.    Moreover,  I have a goal to learn about project management and leadership of my organization from my mentor. Whatever knowledge my mentor imparts in me concerning this subject, I will apply in the running of my organization.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I envision a free relationship with my mentor. I do not mind discussing personal matters with my mentor if needed to.            

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Computer programming or website development. My organization is mainly concerned with easing my target audience's work by digitizing and automating it through software. Hence software development is a very useful skill in my project.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Media and journalists contacts for the publicity of my project as well as software development companies for aid with the large scale development of my project.


Besart copa

ALBANIA

Male, 19

Project Name: Discipuli Aquilae: Scholarship and Leadership

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1) Write clear financial statement for the expansion of the project.  One of the main challenges of gathering funds for expanding Albania's Scholarship Effort abroad -- to form the "International Scholarship Effort" -- has been the financials. Having had no international experience, it hard for me to predict what the cost of such a project would be.    

2) Make the process of student selection more efficient.   I plan to create a platform which can clearly show which students are personally passionate and ambitious to go abroad.   

3) Find other students -- not only Albanian students -- who are interested in increasing the number of scholarships   

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I really like the former. In all my experiences and relationships trust has always been the main factor -- if my Mentor trusts me to be part of their family, great! However, from my experiences I have also realized different people show trust in different ways.    Nonetheless, I look forward to having a super-fantastic relationship with my mentor. I look forward working with them towards the Albania's and International Scholarship Effort, as well as hearing out from their experiences and learning from them in general.     I hope that in additional to our Mentor GTL relationship, by the end of the program we're also good friends.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Anything near college education/ admissions/ financial aid/ scholarships would be great. Other areas would be international organization experience where they have worked with governments of developing countries.     Would actually prefer someone in the private sector since I already have numerous connections in the public sector of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. And from my connections, I have learned that the private sector is crucial in implementing any sustainability (including education) project in developing countries.    As a profession, people in management would be a great asset too as they can help me with the financial planning.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Since ASE and ISE are mainly based on scholarship giving institutions, it would be extremely helpful to have contacts in the admission offices of the main scholarship giving institutions in the US and the world. This is the most crucial factor. -Other contacts that would be helpful would be people in education NGOs/ think tanks since their experiences can add to a successful launching of International Scholarship Effort.


conor begley

IRELAND

Male, 19

Project Name: Quik Com

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

The first of my goals is to complete the Quick Com system. Currently, the Quick Com design is quiet 'raw'. It works perfectly, but has an unprofessional air to it. I aim to streamline the design in order to make it easier to produce and perhaps reduce the cost further. Also, I hope to release the design to the public, so anyone could make it and with that, I need to ensure it is easy to make. Hopefully my mentor could guide me on some of the processes here. The next of my goals is to improve the online presence of Quick Com. I am planning on building a website. People will be able to contact me through this website as well as get general information about Quick Com/Fiona Foundation. Additionally, it will contain information on how to build their own Quick Com system and access to the source code. I have experience in building websites but my problem is the content creation for the website, which hopefully but the summit and the mentor will help me overcome this problem.     The final goal is to make the Fiona Foundation a charity. I intend for the Fiona Foundation to be a charity that will provide the Quick Com systems at cost price and where possible, for free. Setting up the Fiona Foundation shouldn't be too difficult in terms of registering the charity, however running the charity will be a lot harder and I would probably be counting on my mentor and perhaps the summit for some help there

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I would like to see my mentor as being more the just a 'business' partner. The Quick Com system and Fiona Foundation is a very personal project for me and I feel the mentor, in order to appreciate the project would need to be more then just focused solely on the project. Additionally, I don't consider myself to be overly serious, so the idea of a mentor that I would only discuss my work with sounds very daunting

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

It's a tough call as to what sector would be most useful to my project. Both a mentor from a technology and charity background would be of use to me. A mentor from a technology background could help greatly to advance the Quick Com project. They could help streamline the design and it's production and also give advice on the legal aspect of the project. They certainly could give advice on open sourcing the project and how to make it easily replicable. However, a mentor from a charity, especially a disability charity, would be a lot of use to me in setting up the Fiona Foundation and even perhaps introduce me to potential users. I have no experience in running a charity, so it could be very useful to have someone on the inside track so to speak. Either of these two types of mentor I feel would be very useful to me and while it's extremely unlikely, a mentor who has experience in both would be even better.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

There would be two main types of contacts that would be very useful to me. The first is network of contacts with disability charities. As I mentioned before getting in contact with other physically disabled people would be brilliant for the growth of the Fiona Foundation. Additionally these contacts could shed some light on running a charity. The other type of contact, would be a legal contact. I've been advised to patent my system and copyright my software to prevent other companies etc. stealing the ideas. However, I want my idea in the public domain so that anyone can make it. I'd need advice for this to ensure Quick Com enters the public domain and there is no chance of intellectual property theft.


dali schonfelder

AUSTRALIA, NETHERLANDS

Female, 16

Project Name: Nalu

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

The three most important goals I want to accomplish with my Mentor this year is learning how to set up logistics, a well running e commerce website, and I want to learn how to brand Nalu in it's best possible way. I think that these three goals will help Nalu become more successful. Logistics, e commerce, and branding are three things I struggle most with because I never learned how to do them but they are a crucial part of running Nalu. I plan to follow through with my Mentor's guidance by having weekly phone calls, reading books, and watching movies or documentaries together. I believe clear communication is the best way to follow through on your goals.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I want my relationship with my Mentor to be as open and engaging as possible in order to be able to have a better bond and work through our goals together. I am very much looking forward to meeting my Mentor and I want my Mentor to be more than just a mentor but a life long friend. I believe the stronger the connection the better we can work together!

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

The most useful areas of expertise for Nalu would be branding, e commerce and logistics. These skills are most useful because they are what Nalu lacks most of and I believe that if I can learn from someone who knows these areas of expertise, Nalu will be able to move forward faster. E commerce and logistics are a very important part of running the company. I am also very interested in branding but I want to learn even more and understand how I can best present Nalu to the world.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Contacts that would be most useful for Nalu would be people connected to any big social media platforms, magazines, or tv platforms. These contacts will be most useful because after Nalu is set up logistically with a good e commerce website, Nalu needs a platform to show the world. It would be very useful if my Mentor would have a good publicists in their network of contacts.


Diana chao

CHINA, USA

Female, 18

Project Name: Letters to Strangers

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1) Increase access to mental health medication--  I want to make it easier for both Americans and other countries' residents (main targets right now: Venezuela & China) to know where to find mental health medication and WHEN they need that medication. To this end, I'm imagining several approaches: policy outreach (local-level lobbying/letter-writing to officials @ school boards would be most helpful--try to establish some sort of bathroom poster program to outline basics of mental health that every student should easily know), partnership with already-established humanitarian efforts (as my own volunteers/fundraising is limited) to include mental health medication in the resources they allocate to crisis areas, and corporate sponsorships (especially in the pharmaceutical industry) to make it easier to distribute mental illness medication to crisis and low-income areas. I imagine that my mentor can help me target starting points and routes for all of these approaches, from which public officials would be most responsive to this sort of campaigning to who I can talk to in the nonprofit/humanitarian and pharmaceutical establishments to further my mission. I have a plan to carry these things out, but I need reach/contacts.    2) Amplify Asian-American voices--  This is the sub-project that I technically could shelve should goal 1 require more time, but there are a lot of issues in the Asian-American community that go largely neglected due to the model minority stereotype. From many Southeast Asian groups (like Hmong) having the lowest college education percentage in the entire country out of all ethnic groups, to elderly Asian-Americans being either homeless or without things like electricity due to language issues, I mainly imagine creating a hub/website/app that can link people in the AAPI community to each other to solve any issues that may come up as well to help them be aware of our own history in the U.S.. This way, the AAPI community is more aware of the unique issues inside each of the AAPI ethnic subgroup's lives and also that they can help solve those issues. This also includes addressing the mental health stigma and issues that often compound AAPI students' helicopter/tiger-mom-dictated lives. I think the first most useful thing would be to create something local and then go from there, but still, for my ideas to work I need to let other AAPI know. So ideally, my mentor would be able to help me broaden my reach in some way, maybe through media, maybe through helping me with the skills necessary to create an engaging enough platform that the media naturally catches onto it. For example, right now I have several ideas for interviewing certain AAPI groups, but I'm a photographer, not a videographer.     3) Legal reform--  This one is still something I'm researching, so it's not as detailed as my other goals. But I do want to try to push for some nationwide (or at least, start from the local level and then up) legislation that helps those who suffer from mental illness. This could be in the prison system, in the workforce, in the military... I need to refine my research on what are the biggest issues right now for the mentally ill in the three categories above so I can figure out how best to approach this legislative push. But regardless of what that approach is, if I had a mentor who knew things about policy or had contacts in the political establishment, I imagine that can only help. 

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I'm a very personal type of person, so I prefer to get to know people really well. I envision that me and my mentor will be good friends. We don't have to have Christmas dinner together or anything, but I do want us to feel like we can trust and depend on each other on topics that might not totally be related to work. So: good friends, not just work partners/colleagues/acquaintances. While I'd appreciate someone who'd honorarily induct me into their family, I don't *expect* that persay.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

There are several, but I will list them in order of importance.    1) Media    I imagine that someone influential in media will be able to help me spread the word of my mission. This means that even if they can't help me in corporate collaborations or legislative lobbying, they *can* get my goals out to others who *are* able to help out with the latter things.     2) Pharmaceuticals     If I can work out a collaboration with pharmaceutical companies to provide mental health medication to crisis/low-income areas at an affordable rate, I imagine that that will really help me when I try to work with nonprofits/humanitarian groups to distribute that medication. This would also help lend me credibility if I try to fundraise. Obviously, I don't expect this to be easy, but someone in the pharmaceutical industry could probably at least give me contacts to start with.    3) Nonprofit/Humanitarian Aid    Someone with expertise in nonprofits/providing humanitarian aid can better help me coordinate partnerships with established groups to distribute mental illness medication, which are items that are often left out of the equation when it comes to helping crisis/low-income areas. I imagine that if I was able to partner up with an established, reputable group, that would help me in reverse to talk to pharmaceutical companies/public officials to extend mental illness medication access.     4) Politics/lobbying/law    Someone with expertise in legislation and politics can help me with my political outreach, both for Asian-Americans and for mental health. They can help direct me to the right people to talk to, or at the very least give me pointers on how I should approach my lobbying efforts (should I draft up a sample legislation, should I gather online signatures first, which method would be the most effective/convincing, etc.).

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

1) Media - so I can at least reach out to people who can help me and also to spread my mission 2) Pharmaceutical - so I can try to work with pharmaceutical companies to provide mental health medication to crisis/low-income areas 3) Nonprofit/Humanitarian - so I can try to work with established, reputable entities to better distribute/allocate mental health medication and education 4) Political - so I can push legislative reform for mental health/Asian-American community (it took until this year for Filipino-American veterans of WWII to be somewhat properly recognized, for example)


Drin krasniqi

KOSOVO

Male, 17

Project Name: Sow Our Future 

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1) Have more students participate in the project. I would like to increase the number of students who plant seeds. Currently, only 6th grade students from certain cities, mostly in Western Kosovo participate in the project. By next year, I want to include not only 6th grade students from all cities in Kosovo but also, if we raise enough funds to include students from other grades as well   

2) Expand the project to other municipalities. As mentioned previously, the project is currently spread in some cities in Western Kosovo and on a smaller scale on the capital, Prishtina. I would like that by next year, all 38 municipalities of Kosovo are included. The most difficult aspect of this goal will be spreading to the Minority Municipalities.   

3) Increase funding. This is the most important goal, since all of the other goals are dependent on this one. I would like to expand my project and in order to do so I will need much more funds than what I have now, which is why I want to learn how to convince others to donate: not only the government, taking into consideration the economic situation of Kosovo but also individual donors and companies.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I believe that having a relationship which is more personal to my Mentor will help a lot towards overcoming many difficulties of the project for the upcoming year. I would like to be able to not only discuss the professional aspects of the project, but also to learn other things from my Mentor, since I know that he/she will be a very influential person in my life.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why. 

I would like to have a mentor who is skilled at convincing others to donate, since I consider this the most important part of the project because without the proper funding then the project can no longer continue. As for the profession of the mentor, I don't have a preference.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Someone who has experience in the field of forestry, so that they can help me through providing more types of seeds that I can plant so that the project further benefits the community. Someone who has experience in fundraising events, since I am planning on having a large fundraiser for the project sometime next year.


What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. I want to establish a solid relationship with mutually established goals. Before the establishment of a relationship, I would like to communicate and decide the purpose of our mentorship. I believe that the best mentors have a mutually supportive connection with their mentee. In order to have this connection, I believe that we should have a set list of goals for the future. For instance, a couple of these goals may include improvement in communication skills, establishing a wider social media base, or improving the branding of my initiative. By brainstorming these future plans within the first meeting with my mentor, I believe that the mentorship's purpose will be more clearly defined and focused. It will also help both of us to stay on track and focus on the crux of the issue that needs to be addressed within my work. 

2. I want to be self-directed. Although I would very much appreciate the help of my mentor in achieving my organizational goals, I recognize that he or she cannot be the person doing all of the work. There may be times in which I have to be the individual driving the schedule or preparing the discussion topics, and I am fine with that. I want to have someone to guide me, but I also want to be self-directed at times. For instance, I hope to be the one briefing my mentor on the topic, presenting the problem or opportunity, mentioning my opinions and ideas on the topic, and then soliciting their advice on the situation. I hope that my mentor can help me with achieving the balance between self-reliance and receiving help from others. 

3. I want to be challenged. I recognize that my mentor will be an incredibly capable individual who will have valuable lessons to teach me. Therefore, I hope that they can infuse me with the knowledge that they have, and motivate me to pursue my goals. I hope that they will help me critically think about my work with my organization and push me to strive for success. I want my mentor to encourage me to hunt for the "whys" and the "hows" instead of just complacently accepting the "whats".


There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?


I envision my relationship with my mentor as one with a solid foundation of trust and respect. I believe that in order to achieve this, my mentor should be honest with me, giving me honest information and insight into my work. Discussing personal matters would not be an issue with me. If they have very pressing personal matters that may interfere or relate to their mentorship, they are absolutely free to talk to me about it. I think that we should be able to communicate effectively with each other and be unafraid to express our opinions. I will definitely not be offended by constructive criticism and helpful feedback. Furthermore, I would like to get to know my mentor not only as a professional, but also as a person.


What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

It would be most useful for them to possess knowledge in the sectors of politics, technology, and branding. I would also appreciate expertise on non-profit organizations. Technology is important to my organization because one of my goals is to improve my technological awareness and promote my organization further on several social media platforms. It would also be beneficial for my mentor to have some knowledge on how to establish a positive style of branding, as I do not have much information on that sector, but my organization would benefit from having a recognizable branding. Politics is also a critical sector for Social Justice 35 because as I have previously mentioned, political climate is a major challenge for this initiative. Henceforth, I would appreciate feedback on how to best resolve this issue. Expertise or a solid knowledge base on non-profit organizations and how best to run them would also be crucial as I desire advice on how to expand and promote my non-profit.


Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

The types of contacts that would be useful are connections with other non-profit organizations or any other projects that I could collaborate with to spread my ideas and promote awareness of this issue. It would also be helpful to have contacts who are proficient in perhaps branding or technology because I feel that I need improvement in those areas. I am planning to utilize technology and branding as some of the main forms of communication for my project, and therefore I would love to have these contacts in order to solicit advice on how to improve my proficiency in these fields.

ELLY CHOI

CANADA, KOREA

Female, 17

Project Name: Social Justice 35

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HASSAN SWARAY

SIERRA LEON

Male, 19

Project Name: Rechargeable Solar Charger 

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance. 

Branding/Designing/Fabricating/Manufacturing: Being that the prototype of my project was made from scraps, I will want to get a perfect design for my project, which can enable marketing all over the world. This branding will be done by 3D printing or manufacturing of the parts of the solar light through any form of fabrication.    Outreach: I want to reach out to people so as to tell them about my project and its impacts it will play in both the educational sector and the energy sector. This will be done through the media i.e. blogs, films, articles etc. Marketing: A well-structured marketing system wherein I will be able to keep my project in continued existence.       

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I want a very good relationship wherein I can discuss anything with my mentor. Be it personal or professional.            

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Entrepreneurial sector: Being that I am going to own and manage my own company, there is a need for me to have a broader knowledge in entrepreneurship and the roles and responsibilities of an entrepreneur, in a company.    Educational sector:  Since my project addresses a problem of education, it’ll be necessary to have know-how as to how to reach out to student and tell them about my project.    Manufacturing/Electronics/ innovation: I will be fabricating new materials or parts for my project. And as time goes on, I’ll need various designs and mode of operation for my solar light. So, Manufacturing, Electronics and innovation are the three most important sectors.    Graphic Designs: This is essential for the designing of the company logo and other materials for media purposes.  

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Manufacturers or manufacturing companies: I shall need a much more durable brand for my project, which will be more than the scraps I used to make the prototype. So I will need contact with manufacturers, especially those involved in solar, 3D printing and electronics. Media or Broadcasting houses: This will be needed in my outreach and other programs.


james okina

NIGERIA

Male, 17

Project Name: Street Priests

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. SUSTAINABLE SOURCE OF FUNDS; One of the things i want to achieve with my mentor by next year is a sustainable source of income, preferably an entrepreneurial source of income. 

2. ESTABLISH A WORLD-CLASS ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE; I want to be able to build a very effective administrative structure that would last the test of time and meet professional standards anywhere in the world. 

3. BUILD A WORLD-CLASS BRAND; I also want to build a brand that would be world renowned and meet standards anywhere in the world.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I would like to have a very close relationship with my mentor one you can call "a member of their kind family" kind of relationship, i strongly belief this kind of relationship would not only be beneficial to my work but also to improve me as a person. I also intend to establish a relationship with my mentor that would outlive the period of one year.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

1. COMMUNITY ORGANIZING Group dynamics Community integration Community investigation Facilitation Mobilization Communication Role playing Objectivity, monitoring and evaluation 

2. PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH Identification of research problem Identification of different research tools Data gathering Analysis of data Consultation with the community and validation of data Drawing of conclusions Making of recommendations 

3. BUSINESS SKILLS Planning Participatory (circular) management Accounting and bookkeeping Marketing and purchasing Negotiation Monitoring and record keeping Handling labour problems Understanding legal aspects. 

4. DOCUMENTATION, DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION Small group formation Clarification of values and vision Group dynamics Different kinds of media production Communication skills and visual aids Conscientization/senticizing skills (??) Advocacy Networking and linkages These skills are necessary because they are the most important for having a good Organization and these are what we are in most need of.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

It would be important for my Mentor to have contacts of Organizations or individuals who are interested in at risk children in africa and would readily offer whatever service or resource that is at their disposal to aid this course


KASHA SLAVNER

CANADA

Female, 19

Project Name: The Global Sunrise Project 

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

Global distribution of the film: I need a mentor to help me to secure the best distribution for my film and gain widespread exposure through film festivals, screening events, schools, and online platforms. My mentor would be able to use their industry expertise to guide me through all aspects of the film/media industry. I will work with the mentor by developing a strategy and timetable to complete the goals we set together.  

Apply social impact media marketing strategies: To raise awareness for the film and the social entrepreneurial component of The Global Sunrise Project which is to help raise funds for grassroots organizations through the sale of content I’ve created & will continue to create, such as the film, book, exhibitions, etc. The mentor (ie, someone like Participant Media) would have extensive knowledge of marketing strategies successful social impact films have used to help me build a movement for my project. They will help me create online tools for people to be able to take action furthering discussions of what global citizenship means, whether it be online, in a classroom setting, or in their homes and/or communities. I will follow through on my mentor’s guidance and also let them know what is and isn’t working, as well as reach out to them when I need more assistance.   

Connection building: My mentor will help me to build an influential circle of industry support, by sharing my project and offering me advice and contacts for my project that I can follow through with their permission. I will work with my mentor and their contacts in a professional manner, respecting everyone’s time and commitments.  

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I envision having a very close but professional relationship with my mentor. That’s how my best mentorships over the course of the project have worked. When I'm truly comfortable and admire their work, I trust them and won’t be afraid of sharing my dreams and hopes for the future. I’ll know that they’re invested in the present and future success of the project. I want a mentor who has the same values, who is very supportive and who has the leadership skills that will help me reach my goals. I see working with my mentor on a regular basis and am flexible in working out a schedule that will meet their needs as well recognizing that they are also busy people.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

The most useful area of expertise to the project would be someone who has a significant experience and a reputation as a leader in the film and media industry.  Specifically, a mentor in film/media who’s primary focus is about social justice and who can help attract people and resources to the project. I have recently completed my documentary, The Sunrise Storyteller. It would be very important to understand how to build a movement surrounding a film, and the message it has to share. Technical skills, negotiating film distribution, navigating the film festival circuit, gaining publicity and industry support, attracting partnerships, are also crucial to further the success of the project. I believe the right mentor would help the film acquire a larger audience that could learn about global issues and be inspired by solution-based stories/content of the project.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Festival contacts: To help gain entry to important festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, Tribecca, etc. Film production: people who are experienced in pre and post production of film and video, including sound technicians and editors. These would be important connections for future content creation. Broadcast & distribution: These contacts would help to secure the sale of the film, and have it distributed (For example, through ITunes, Netflix, or Vimeo on Demand) Publicity Agents: To help gain exposure and build a movement for the film. Socially conscious advertising/marketing & social media experts: This would allow for greater reach and exposure. Traditional and non-traditional Filmmakers: Other experienced filmmakers would be able to share their knowledge on the technical side of creating impactful films, as well as navigating the industry Potential sponsors: To help build revenue source for the project. Web design experts: To redesign current website and incorporate an online store, as well as mapping platform for engaging audiences. Graphic designers: To help with branding of the project and whatever comes up that needs really good design. Book publishers: To publish my book Reflections of the Sunrise Storyteller to a bigger audience. Grants/Foundations: For funding.


KATIE EDER

USA

Female, 17

Project Name: Kids Tales

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1) Role model of a leader at a social entrepreneurship organization. Role model of how to effectively lead and delegate tasks.    

2) New set of eyes on Kids Tales, and new ideas on how to expand and grow.

3) On a personal level, help me identify what skills I need to work on. Constructive feedback on how I can better lead Kids Tales, and reach our goals.   

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

Although I think it's very important to be able to separate personal and business from every relationship, I would like to have a relationship with my mentor where I can share what is going in all aspects of my life, and they can share the aspects of their life as well. I think it's very important to have a personal connection besides just business because that creates the environment for the most creative and authentic work. I want to be able to see them as my mentor, but also be able to see them as my friend.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Nonprofit social entrepreneurship, someone who knows how to recruit and work with teenagers, someone who works with volunteers, someone who is familiar with storytelling, possibly someone who has worked in education and/or publishing    All of these are areas are a focus for Kids Tales and areas that I am very interested in for my future entrepreneurship ventures.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

People who work with and understand teenagers--we constantly need help recruiting teenagers and this is our biggest challenge when it comes to expansion Contact to help us build awareness of Kids Tales -- people have to know about Kids Tales before they can volunteer or make a gift Contacts in the publishing industry--we self-publish all of our books and would appreciate all of the help we can get on this front Contacts in fundraising--we really need to raise money and it is another challenge for us


Kennedy ekezie-joseph

NIGERIA

Male, 18

Project Name: Calabar Youth Council for Women Rights

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Fundraising for my Work. which is connected directly to: 

2. Branding my work holistically to create better social and political appeal; even in societies where my work runs diametrically opposed to cultural beliefs of the people. Thus, equipping people with the capacity to deal with the cognitive dissonance that is heralded in them as a result of accepting ideas which they hitherto believed were morally praiseworthy.  

3. Being able to garner as much international partnerships and support for my work as possible. This global access will ensure that I do my work with more ease, and that it is better placed to actualize its goal of operating beyond the borders. These partnerships are key because they better position me to achieve all of these, which I otherwise wouldn't particularly be able to.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

 My Idea of a mentor is one who is a friend and understands the clime in which I do my work. This is not unconnected to my personal life and experiences. Thus, for my mentor to be best placed to make significant input into my work, it is important that they understand at a basic level, at least, my personal life and how it affects my work. My work can be affected by my personal life (which is inextricably tied to it), thus for my mentor to best make input in challenges for my work that stem from my personal life, it is important they understand that aspect of my life. I expect my mentor to be a friend I can freely talk to when need be, and they listen and help profer solutions, as friends will do.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

I am pretty optimistic that the educational sector (especially that targets minority history and/or rights) will be most useful to my organization at this point, for the following reasons:  1. A mentor from such sector will better equip me with the skills of critical pedagogy and enlightening people who were previously beclouded by cultural inherencies, which is the MAJOR CRUX of my work.  2. A mentor from such sector will be in a good position to advice me on how to engage with community heads, corporations, state institutions and private individuals, in order to maximize my work output and achieve my visions and missions.  3. Such mentor will best weigh the utilitarian outcomes of decisions and/or indecisions that I will take, that affects my work and preemptively advice me against it, or otherwise.  4. In view of that fact that I generally love to learn from academic discourse, I also think such mentor will be great company and positive influence on me.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

1. Organizations/Projects that generally advocate for Women Rights. This is important to my work as it connects me to a broader community of projects that share common goals of achieving equality, and fighting misogyny in societies where they are deeply engrained. 2. Organizations/Groups/Individuals that are interested in Funding projects that seek to create significant change to the status quo in the societies where they live. The funding will be vital in facilitating my work and spreading it to communities where they currently haven't reached due to paucity of funds.


LARRY JIA

USA

Male, 15

Project Name: Money Matters to Students 

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1) Establish a set network with my mentor, who preferably can help me in contacting media, corporations, etc.  

2) Get inside view on banking or financial sector and their struggles/successes that can help me in running my organization. 

3) Have mentor help with big-picture direction of my organization - branding, values, mission, etc.    I plan to follow through with Mentor's guidance through phone, email, and if possible, in person. Adding him/her to my advisory board (which meets once a month) and contacting him regularly (at least weekly) through email will be helpful.          

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I envision a very close professional relationship with my mentor, which may include discussing personal growth. Working together professionally on a regular basis and giving personal advice on career/educational planning in a very close, trusting relationship is ideal. Perhaps being very close on a personal level (member of their families as stated above) is something that may develop over time.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

1) Banking/financial - we are an organization that teaches financial literacy and solicits most of our funds from corporate sponsorship, so having a mentor from this sector would be ideal.  2) Anyone with a financial/corporate background - as stated above.  3) Members of the US or a foreign government - have the experience in networking, making partnerships, understanding a professional/outreach environment.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Large company executives - have the resources, knowledge, and experience to help my organization run smoothly and grow in the coming year Government officials - same as above Media employees - can help get our message and cause out!


LOREN SKudder-hill

NEW ZEALAND

Female, 18

Project Name: Ukuda

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Host Ukuda's first event in Shanghai. I am based here for the next year and I want to ensure that we can engage with some of the key market sector. Right now I am looking at corporate partnerships and have already secured a key sponsor, with the condition of our innagural event being in Chinese. This will definitely be a challenge! So I'm beginning to look at logistics and drafting a plan around how Ukuda's vision for social advocacy and empowered young people can remain possible through events with the PRC. Really need guidance about how to remain on the right side of legislatory and policy remarks here - e.g. Ukuda's website is currently censored out by the great Chinese firewall...    

2. Set up a permanent New Zealand office. We've been shifting up and down the country and it's been unsettling for both our remote-working staff, and volunteers. I'll need guidance around building stronger partnerships and ensuring a more permanent, long-term, committed core team to ensure that a fully-funtional office is a success.   

3. Open some programmes to international applicants. Our strategy team agrees that incorporating international participants into our Ukaptains leadership, Ukudos awards, and mentoring programmes should happen as soon as possible. I'm confident that we are at the stage now where we can facilitate this move in alignment with our global vision.                  

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

Ukuda is a reflection of myself and my personal values in so many ways, so I think that the most beneficial mentoring relationship for me will actually be one that is very open. I like the suggested idea ^ of being 'practically a member of a mentor's family', and I think I would gain a lot more out of this entire relationship if it was based along a more personal, holistic frame.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

 Ukuda was founded with both an impact and business model aligned, to ensure we could function as a sustainable social enterprise. Thus, experience with social enterprise sustainability would be appreciated, along with any experience with Ukuda's target market - i.e. empowered, talented, creative, diverse and resilient, generally 12-24 y.o's.  Any experience with event planning would be appreciated (conferences are our main revenue stream), as well as working with/ around China's domestic policy (my current location and where we our currently looking at new opportunities).  

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Ukuda has been saturated with our most immediately needed contacts. Numerous business incubators and a rapidly increasing community has left us overwhelmed by networking opportunities and new contacts. However, I am also studying towards both a degree in medicine, and a law degree with a specialisation in human rights law. I am extremely passionate about both areas and their intersections. I envision a move in Ukuda towards being more focussed around basic human rights, and specifically, any principles involving health. Contacts in both global public health, and practising human rights law (especially in China) would be really appreciated.


maxwell loughan

USA

Male, 14

Project Name: Loughan Labs (LLC) / Energy Horizon Gatherer (EHG)

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

I plan to grow my company and academic expansion with my mentor. With my mentors guidance, I will be able to be fully integrated with the academic community. He may also assist me with his experience in business. 

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I envision my mentor as family.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

I would like a mentor with expertise in science, business, and overall knowledge. I need a second opinion in business, and a second pair of eyes in the scientific world. Lastly, overall knowledge is key to a good mentor.   

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Contacts including scientists, inventors, governmental figures, and entrepreneurs would be nice. Scientist, and inventors can help me with my work, while entrepreneurs can help me with the business side of things. Also, respected political figures will help because they will be able to connect me to the public eye in a good way.


Melati wijsen

INDONESIA

Female, 16

Project Name: Bye Bye Plastic Bags

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

I would like to learn how I can choose and define my priorities. In other words, how to choose what actions and invitations to accept and which ones to let go, meaning not having to jump on everything. I feel this will allow me to make a better and more professional choices that benefits the bigger picture.  - Complete a strategic planning on the longer term- To learn and better my time management in general but also between school, BBPB, and social life. 

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I'm quite an open person and like to connect with people on all levels. I think I would work best that way, having said this I feel like at this stage I might benefit most from a stronger, focused and leading mentor that is able to keep me on track but of course also have a friendly relationship with. 

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why. 

PR - I personally think that BBPB and it's message of Youth Empowerment is having a good momentum, but we do not know how to keep this momentum or bring it to the next level.   Grant writing - We have been campaigning for four year depending on small private donations and in order to fulfill our goal we need urgently funding for the printing of educational booklets, production of alternative bags etc. As well as extending our global program.   Strategic Planning - Bye Bye Plastic Bags is now a well known respected local initiative by youth. But I feel that it's also its limitations, a professional strategic planning would help deifying the future of Bye Bye Plastic Bags and Youth Empowerment.  

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Creative environmental lawyers preferably with an expertise in Asia, Indonesia ~ as this will help us to have more impact on a political base. Contacts or leads to celebrities ~ this is a good way to get a message around the world...but also to use as a fundraising for our cause; for example, people would donate $500 to win a plane ticket and dinner with a person like leonardo dicaprio.


What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1) Structural Organization. Prior to starting my own and what I've learned on my own I don't have experience in the non-profit and government sectors. I would love to have some who has spent time in (ideally) both to solicit guidance. I would love to learn from some one whoo has worked in the industry to help me with finding the best board of directors and team. 

2) Strategic Planning + expansion. I am looking to refine the missions of both Student Space and Student Voice. I need to ensure I have a mission and strategic plan in place that is fundable and has room for growth. I want to see young people involved in fixing the educational system around the world so articulating that to someone who isn't used to youth voice and the need for it is important. I would love to have a mentor who has pushed for initiatives that were not the status quo. 

3) General Life Advice. I'm charting my own course down a less traditional path. I want to specifically work in education policy, with the government and other nonprofits. I don't want to wait until I finish school to start actively working on policy and enacting change. Having a mentor who has been a successful networker across industries would be helpful for general advice as I forge partnerships.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

My work has certainly lacked the guidance of a mentor. I've always consulted teachers, administrators and other other students but never with regularity. I would love to have a mentor who is almost like family. This work is personal to me it is my life and passion so my day to day life is very inner-twined. I would hope I be able to ask my mentor for advice beyond strategic planing and I could learn from their experiences in industries as well as personal ones.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

One thing I have found difficult in finding a mentor is the line of work or general youth organizing is relatively new. I don't think it's necessary to have a mentor who specifically works in youth organizing though. I would find a mentor who has worked in a policy making position around eduction as well as in the nonprofit sector. I want to go into education policy and my work is centered around impacting policy at all levels. I also hope to spend the next few years influencing policy from the nonprofit side until I can run for office so someone who has experience with running an organization would be extremely helpful.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Connections to policy makers so I can work to impact and help kids in other places impact policy around education. Business Professionals(funders), I love to see the business community involved and invested in education. They help fund it and will take workers from our schools so providing internships, projects, and funding is great. Some of my closest allies in education transformation South Carolina are the presidents of SC's chapters of BB&T and AT&T. Nonprofits, I am working to improve school climate but do not have the capacity to work on everything that encompasses. Connecting with nonprofits for example that work with mental health or technology and connecting them with schools/students would be great

Merrit jones

USA

Female, 19

Project Student Voice

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Michael ioffe

USA

Male, 17

Project Name: TILE

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Grow TILE to 100 chapters worldwide while maintaining a student-run, student-focused structure. This will require a great deal of careful planning, and I hope to work with my Mentor to develop a marketing, delegation, and implementation plan to ensure that TILE grows in a stable manner while remaining on the cutting-edge. I will follow through on this plan, while checking in with my Mentor on iterations and modifications as circumstances change. 

2. Expand our business ethics and morals initiative. This will similarly require a great deal of careful planning, and I will need help creating an impactful, easily deliverable, and actionable message to build our initiative around. As I develop this initiative, I will seek guidance from my Mentor to identify best areas of focus. 

3. Raise enough funding to secure the financial well-being of the non-profit for the near future. I will discuss sponsorship vs. grants with my Mentor, and which of these is the best approach for my non-profit.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

In my experience, the mentors I have worked with best are those that mentor me on life as well as on my work. For a mentor to effectively be able to do so, a basic understanding and dialogue on personal issues, backgrounds, and matters is imperative. As a result, I envision my relationship with my mentor being more of a friendship.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Since TILE is a business-focused speaker series, an individual with business- or entrepreneurship-focused leadership experience would be optimal.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Business leaders and entrepreneurs: having input from business leaders about TILE's future, while growing the network of individuals willing to speak at TILE events, would be fantastic. Education leaders: Gaining a better understanding of how we fit into the education market and how we can work with other educational non-profits and institutions would be very helpful. Media leaders: Having access to individuals who understand the role of media and journalism in shaping future leaders will be vital to TILE's future initiatives.


Modesta msabila

TANZANIA

Female, 17

Project Name: Our Cries

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

Conduct big in-school seminars: I would wish my mentor to help in planning the budget for the seminars and advise in making it more effective.

To partner with institutions which are in the movements fighting for children rights: I would wish my mentor to find me strong connection and networks of the institutions eg: UNICEF

Expand on solving sexual harassments: this is also one kind of student harassments in my country. I would wish my mentor to share with me the situation of the problem back to his/her country and have a simple brainstorm on how I will effectively solve this problem.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

As a friend, as a family.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Children’s rights: even though I am standing fighting the abuse of these but I don’t have the deep knowledge on the rights rather than that of school. I need this knowledge so that to do my work effectively. 

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

I need contacts of organization which are in a movement of giving children better life: so that I can secure partnerships with them and gain and share knowledge with them I also want the organizations which deals with children rights: for more training and to become more equipped with knowledge. Hardware companies: Our Cries needs a phone like device to station in schools for students who do not have an access to internet to report their harassments. Therefore I need them to make this possible. 


nadya okamoto

USA

Female, 19

Project Name: Camions of Care

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

How to balance my personal PR and public profile with the Camions of Care profile, and how to keep them separate but working in tangent. I also want to be able to improve on directly asking for funds, because that is an area that we really have to improve on. Lastly, I would like to get more involved in politics around my cause, and while we are taking action, I would like to find a way to get even more involved. I will follow-through with my Mentor's guidance by speaking with them and hearing their thoughts as much as I can and really listening when they are able to provide feedback to me.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I hope to have a very close relationship with my mentor because I truly believe in mentorship and friendship working in tangent.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Policy and Government. This is where my personal interests lie, especially when it comes to a career (I think I will be majoring in government at Harvard), and my organization is about to launch our policy program.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Press contacts (for advocacy work with organization)/fundraising contacts/social media strategists/legislators/people in government (for my own interests and also our policy program my organization is going to launch).


NATALIE HAMPTON

USA

Female, 16

Project Name: Sit With Us

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Expansion. I hope to spread the app to as many people as possible. 

2. Infrastructure. To help support said growth. 

3. Create localized versions (in different languages) and further app refinements.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor? 

I would love it if I could become close with my mentor - a very close relationship would be ideal! :)

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Someone in the app/technology business because they would have knowledge to help us achieve our goals.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Education, probably, to help spread the app to students (our targeted audience.


Nicholas midler

USA

Male, 18

Project Name: The Family Connection Kindercamp

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Transform the Kindercamp from a six-week summer program in the Virgin Islands to a scalable program that reaches far beyond its roots. Marketing and outreach will be essential to achieving this goal. You can't host a summer pre-k program without kids, and marketing the program to prospective families is vital to the Kindercamp's success. Ideally, the Kindercamp will be put on track to grow and reach kids and families far beyond its starting point in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. A mentor's input in crafting and guiding this outreach would be greatly appreciated     

2. The Kindercamp can't operate without funds, so fundraising is always an important issue. To expand, the Kindercamp will need to run successful fundraising campaigns. There are no shortage of ways for a good cause to gain funding, from foundation grants to online campaigns, but each method brings their own challenges. The mentor's input on the best way to raise funds for the Kindercamp will be vital.     

3. The Kindercamp always strives to use the most effective research-based curriculum. In addition to continually reading news articles, books, and reports on teaching techniques, I'm always talking with teachers about what works and what doesn't in the classroom. The third thing I'd like to accomplish with my mentor is a bit of a moving target. Making sure that the Kindercamp's curriculum is up to date and reflects the latest early childhood education research is an ever-present task. The mentor will ideally have experience translating often abstract concepts and values into practical guidelines and programs.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor? 

I imagine a pretty close relationship with my mentor. Education is an impactful field, and one that is easy to relate to on a personal basis. The majority of our relationship will probably center around work, but it would be great to get to know the person outside of just work.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

There are a wide variety of different professions that would make a mentor impactful to the Kindercamp. Ideally, he or she would have experience leading large campaigns designed to reach and impact a large number of people. The Kindercamp has a basic model and structure that is sound. The challenge is expanding the camp! A mentor who has experience growing an organization and reaching target audiences would be invaluable to the program.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Contacts at large foundations or grant-giving organizations. These contacts could provide the Kindercamp with useful information and tips on how to submit grant requests. The Kindercamp relies on this type of funding for its operations, and insights on how to grow our fundraising operations will be essential in expanding the Kindercamp.


paul schumacher

USA

Male, 18

Project Name: Star Room

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

Goal 1: My 1st goal is to work with my mentor on a strategic plan for the Star Room. I want my to receive assistance on which market to go into first.

Goal 2: My second goal is to create a plan for hiring people others to help me. My project is getting large and I do not have the time to manage everything by myself. In the future, when the time is right, my I want to learn when the best time to hire someone is, and what to look for.    

Goal 3: My third goal is to learn more about how to sustain a company while I am away at school. This partially ties into the other two goals but I want to legitimize my operations and make the Star Room a sustainable organization.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

In my experience with working with mentors, I found that having a close relationship with them yields the greatest results. I would like to get to know my mentor's story and become friends with him or her. I hope that we are able to build a strong relationship that is more than just mentorship.

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why. 

I believe someone that has entrepreneurial experience would be the most help to me. I know my product very well and have tremendous contacts in the autism medical world but I need someone with more experience managing or growing projects to help me fulfill my goals with growing the Star Room.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

Autism field: Although I have many contacts in this field, I am always looking to expand my network base and meet more autism doctors and specialists to ask them what they think about my project. Autism camp directors or School Principals These contacts would be would be helpful because it could lead to me building a Star Room for them. People who own sporting arenas or malls Contacts like these would be helpful for potentially building a Star Room in their facilities. People that may be willing to sponsor a Star Room to be built in a school or public place or have one be built in their home.


raghav ganesH

USA

Male, 15

Project Name: Serene: System to Predict & Prevent Autistic Meltdowns

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

I would be very grateful to work with mentors who can guide me with defining and executing a project that:

1) Addresses one of the grand challenges for humanity

2) Help with suitable technology such as machine learning

3) Is a scalable and deployable product with a practical business model    I plan to have periodic meetings with my mentor to discuss progress and come up with next steps.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I am immensely grateful to all my mentors till date for shaping me into who I am today. I throw myself into my projects in full swing, and my mentors virtually become part of my family, both during and after the project. However, if my mentor prefers a lower intensity of involvement in my life outside the project, I understand and am open to this.                 

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Expertise with Computer science (artificial intelligence), Biomedical engineering, and/or Healthcare would be wonderful. I am very interested in these fields and have performed projects/studied coursework in these subjects.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

1. Technical experts in the area of Computer Science(artificial intelligence) and healthcare as my projects are in these fields. 2. Leaders with expertise in starting and running successful technology startups who can guide me with the right business model to reach and help the most people. 3. Venture Capitalists to provide guidance regarding the best means of fundraising as funding is critical for my projects.


saliha rehanaz

BANGLADESH

Female, 16

Project Name: Bio-degradable and Eco-friendly Shresto Menstrual Pads

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. To obtain a kaizen approach that will lead to sustainability.     I do not only want to inform people. but I want to make sure that by the next year I have a product that can actually be given out to women for them to use it. I envision Sreshto pads becoming an alternative for women all over the world, and with my Mentor I plan on developing the product so it can be produced at a large scale. Alongside my Mentor, I want to reach out to suppliers, manufacturers and producers to make these cheap and eco-friendly pads into a reality.    

2. To achieve guidance and consultation to further my knowledge ever after one year. I envisage to bring a change in all aspects of issues which are social taboo for women. And with my recent concern being breast and cervical cancer, I feel that with my Mentor's assistance I can push myself to begin this journey. With the knowledge that I gain over the year with my Mentor, I want to find myself in a place where I can research my work even further and be able to express concerns openly. With only a year and half left, before I have to decide which university I want to go to, I know that my Mentor's guidance can help me to choose a place where I will have the chance to grow even more.    

3. To learn the art of public speaking so that I can stress the societal impact I want to achieve by breaking this social taboo.     In my opinion, an important aspect about changing people's view on things, is the art of using the right words. To engage the audience and to grasp their attention is a very prominent thing for me. With my Mentor's help, I want to develop my public speaking skills so I can reach out to people. I want my Mentor to point out what I am doing wrong and give me constructive criticism so over the year I can improve myself.

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

 I am a very talkative person. I like being affectionate with people and it is very important for me that people express themselves, so that I can openly express myself. I want my Mentor to be able to share all aspects of their life to me, so that I can share mine with them. I consider myself an open book, but sometimes I find myself very conserved. I want my relationship with my Mentor to be completely frank and open, so that if they are having a bad day, they can know that there is a girl out there who is willing to listen to them.        

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

I believe that someone who can help me reach out to suppliers, manufacturers or producers so I can create a sustainable product which women can use. Someone with the knowledge on how to break social taboos and fight against ridiculous social norms, so that I can seek guidance from them on my journey. I think someone with knowledge about speaking and reaching out to people or someone who has an idea about how to raise social awareness. And lastly, perhaps someone who has an idea about how horribly plastic hygiene products are affecting the environment and how women and girls all over the world are missing school due to periods.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

My project deals with social and environment issues, so it is important that at the end of the year, I can address both. I want my project to exist, meaning that I have an idea but I need expertise that deals with making it sustainable, so it would mean reaching out to suppliers. I want to package my product, but not with plastic, since that leads to pollution, but with something that can bio-degrade. I would want someone with contacts with NGOs and shelter homes, so we can reach out to women, who could develop and produce these pads to make a living. This would handle our production area. And someone who help get this project a platform, where we can address this issue and seek out to other people for physical and financial help.


WINona guo

USA

Female, 17

Project Name: CHOOSE

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance

1. Organize my gap year and future plans most effectively in terms of timeline/day-to-day tasks to get the most work done with the most impact (overall find meaningful programs/activities to get involved in both directly related and unrelated to my project)   

2. Broaden network and resources in creating the next edition of the textbook, connect with influential activists who could be interviewed   

3. Learn how to manage money, funding, selling books, etc.    As with CHOOSE's existing Professional Advisory Board, I would take my Mentor's guidance extremely seriously and be incredibly grateful for all his/her thoughts!

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor?

I would love to keep the relationship as professional as possible, but be comfortable enough to share personal stories unrelated to work and to, for example, go over to my mentor's house for dinner!

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

Entrepreneurship/innovation: how to create and sell an appealing and effective product (in CHOOSE's case, The Classroom Index), perhaps what we need help with most    Activism: CHOOSE's work is centered around social justice activism    Education: our target audience=administrators/educators, our product is centered around conversations in schools (although this may change!)    Law: Perhaps less useful than the above, but still crucial to ensure our legitimacy and organizational safety (we still don't have pro bono legal counsel)  

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

influential/well-known activists, people with incredible and really interesting race-related stories, leaders in the educational sector, administrators/educators, web design, pro bono legal counsel (we don't have any)


ziad Ahmed

USA

Male, 18

Project Name: Redefy

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What are your THREE most important goals you want to accomplish with your Mentor in the next year? List each goal and explain with as much detail as possible to how you plan to follow through with your Mentor’s guidance.

1. Creating a sustainable model for growth -- It is really important to me that Redefy remains a high school organization. We are currently in the process of becoming a legal non-profit, and once we are, I will transition to chairman of the board. I want though for the day-to-day operations to always be in the hands of high school students, so creating a sustainable model of recruitment, incentives, and structure is essential for the long term success of the organization, and I would jump at any guidance in regards to assisting with this process. I have to figure out who will lead Redefy next as I am currently a Senior, what direction the organization should grow in, and how we can maintain our size as I know less and less high schoolers, and I think industry leaders who have built or lead companies/non-profits could offer valuable insight in terms of constructing a viable future for Redefy. 

2. Branding/messaging -- Ultimately, Redefy is about sharing a message of acceptance/tolerance/unity. What we've seen in this election though is that it is so hard to reach the people that need your message most though because of the insular bubbles that we navigate in, and reaching more people -- and specifically more people that need to hear our stories/message -- is a major focus of the organization going forward. It would be incredible to have a mentor who has branded major companies/campaigns/celebrities in order to create a strategic plan to reach places we haven't reached before and to reach an even larger audience. It is my hope that if we all share our stories further, there will be more empathy in this world, and I look forward to working with people who have had experience doing just that.  

3. Activist longevity -- Social justice burnout is real, and it is really important to me to follow in the footsteps of activists that have come before me in order to learn just how to remain focused on the work. It is easy to often feel like our efforts are futile, but it is through amazing mentors that one stays committed to justice, and I look forward to having a mentor that does just that for me. I can't allow myself to become distracted with the recognition or defeated by the political climate, so learning from an activist who has been entrenched in the work will hopefully inspire me to work that much harder in order to create a better tomorrow for all.               

There are different types of GTL/Mentor relationships. Some GTLs are practically members of their Mentors’ families, while some GTLs may prefer to not even discuss personal matters outside of their work. How do you envision your relationship with your Mentor? 

I would love to have a Mentor who is like part of my family, but ultimately I'm hoping for a really strong relationship with my Mentor that works for both of us in whatever capacity that might be that still allows me to really grow as an activist/leader/citizen!          

What sector, profession and/or areas of expertise would be most useful to your project/organization? Make sure to clearly explain why.

1. Media -- I think my ideal Mentor would be a Brandon Stanton, Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Huffington, John Legend, NBC executive, Twitter employee, or Ellen Degeneres -- people who have built things/organizations/companies/content, who have messaged them to reach all corners of our nation, and who have remained activists at heart no matter what.  

2. Government/Non-profit -- Another sector of expertise that would be extremely helpful to me is people who are influencing policy in a real way. Whether it be through non-profits or government, those who have risen to the top of the fields of change-making inspire me, and through their understanding of messaging/creating sustainable change/activism -- I could learn so much. It would be incredible to work with someone from the Clinton Foundation or someone who has worked with Hillary Clinton as they have been on the forefront of shaping sustainable justice.  

3. Activists -- Learning from real, authentic, and hard-working activists who have walked the walk would be so brilliant for me as an activist seeking to make a difference in this world. People like Deray continue to inspire me everyday, and it would be an honor to learn from them.

Mentors often have a wide network of contacts; what type of contacts would be most useful to your project/organization? Explain why for each type of contact.

1. Media contacts -- Redefy is always looking for ways to expand our message and that is the most fundamental way that we can progress as an organization is by reaching more people. We need people to share the stories that we publishing in order to inspire empathy. We need young people to become acquainted with our work in order for them to be motivated to join our organization to create even more positivity. We need to be on the forefront of shaping tomorrow in order to allow diverse young voices to have a seat at the decision making table. The way that we accomplish those goals is by reaching more people, and it is through media contacts in the form of celebrities, media networks, and social media platforms that we will be able to make those strides. 2. Activist contacts -- It's essential for Redefy/me to have a network of activists to educate us about who is really suffering in this world in order for us to be able to try to uplift those voices. Having a network of activists that are doing this work everyday tirelessly allows us to do our work that much better, and would be extremely beneficial to us as an organization. 3. Government/non-profit contacts -- We are hopeful to form meaningful non-profit and governmental partnerships in order to expand the reach/breadth/depth of our work, and we believe this would be an excellent way to do so.