The Cooke Mentorship Program (CMP) allows alumni and scholars of the foundation’s scholarship programs to form and build professional relationships through ongoing supportive interactions. The program will allow current and former scholars within similar academic and professional spheres to meet (virtually or in person, if possible) at least once a month to expand their knowledge of their field(s) through learning from each other, discussing contemporary topics related to their interests, and addressing strengths and areas of improvement related to professional development.
To be a mentee, you must be a current undergraduate or graduate Cooke Scholar enrolled full-time and in good standing with the foundation. College juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to participate. To be a mentor, you must be a Cooke Scholar Alum willing to share your educational and professional experiences and know how to pave the way for Cooke Scholars to succeed in reaching their career aspirations.
Mutual Agreement Form
The Mutual Agreement Form is for you to use to formalize your mentoring relationship with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Scholars and alumni are to complete and submit this form once two people (the mentor and the mentee) agree to establish a mentoring relationship with understanding of the terms below:
- Mentors and mentees are to meet (either in-person or virtually) at least once a month throughout the academic year.
- Mentors and mentees should expect to commit about one hour per month developing a professional mentoring relationship.
- Mentors and mentees will receive conversation guides to help them develop their mentoring relationships.
- Mentors and mentees should respond to all communication in a timely manner with respect, support, and professionalism.
- Mentors and mentees should communicate any problems, concerns, or questions right away to foundation staff.
- Mentors and mentees will be given the opportunity to attend webinars and Google Hangouts related to their industries and general professional development, both as supplemental and optional content to the program.
Find a Mentor/Mentee
Please note that the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is not responsible for matching you with a mentor or mentee. To find a mentor or mentee, create a profile and use the directory on www.cookeconnect.com to find a person within your field of interests. You can see profiles and send personal messages to request mentorship. In addition, you can post on the Facebook scholar group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/JKCScholars/) to seek a mentor or mentee. Once the person agrees to be in a mentoring relationship with you, have either you or the other person to fill out the Mutual Agreement Form.
After the Mutual Agreement Form is submitted, mentoring pairs will then receive conversation guides to help them develop their mentoring relationships. Conversation guides are emailed every Friday.
NOTE: Mentors may have more than one mentee; therefore, a Mutual Agreement Form will have to be submitted for each mentorship pair. This form only has to filled out once, either by the mentor or mentee to establish the mentoring relationship.