Mentoring Program

AQUA DC is excited to announce our new Mentoring Program, where an interested AQUA DC community member (mentee) will be matched with one of our volunteer queer and trans mentors. The mentor will provide individualized guidance and support for personal and professional growth in a safe and confidential environment. The program will provide these mentors with opportunities to hone their mentoring and leadership skills and support our AQUA DC community. This program is intended for AQUA DC community members, folks that are API and are currently or have lived in the DMV.

Anticipated program start date of 4/3.

Application for mentors are open from 3/3-3/20: Apply here!

Applications for mentees are open from 3/14-3/25. Apply here!

Check out our Mentors here!

Goals

  • Through the AQUA DC Mentoring Program, AQUA DC aims to create an additional support system for AQUA DC queer and trans (QT) community members that provides empowerment, support, encouragement and helpful guidance for individuals in need.
  • The Program will provide opportunities for QT community leaders and mentors to step up and contribute further to the community.
  • Create a confidential and individualized approach to mentoring, especially for community members who may not be comfortable participating and sharing in group settings.
  • Maintain a diverse group of QT mentors and make them available for mentees to allow for the best mentorship matching possible.
  • In addition, in the spirit of our commitment towards facilitating accessible programming, AQUA DC will support members financially in need of additional accommodations.

Benefits to Mentee:

  • Access queer and trans mentors for advice, feedback, and guidance on personal matters such as dating, socializing, coming out, dealing with homophobia or transphobia (external or internalized), etc.
  • Access queer and trans mentors for advice on professional matters such as job search, career goals/options, work-life balances, professional development, etc.
  • Personalized mentoring in a safe space and confidential setting
  • Supplement existing support systems of family and/or friends

Benefits to Mentor:

  • Support AQUA DC QT community and contribute to the efforts of AQUA DC
  • Apply and hone leadership, interpersonal, communication and mentoring skills
  • Utilize life experiences and knowledge to guide other individuals in need of support
  • Opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of other QT individuals
  • Expand personal and professional networks