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Mentor Program Overview
 
The NCBC Mentor program is designed to connect new and existing members of NCBC so that they can promote its mission of developing leadership, education and advocacy by creating mutually beneficial relationships. The program aims to enhance the participants' professional and personal development while increasing their overall knowledge and understanding of the judicial system and court operations through a one-to-one relationship.
 
  
What is Mentoring?
 
Mentoring is a partnership between a seasoned and experienced NCBC member (the Mentor) and a NCBC member in good standing (the Mentee) who desires additional professional knowledge, expertise or guidance. The partnership is based on trust, respect and confidentiality. Through mentoring, the Mentor will guide, support, answer questions, provide referrals, and share experiences and known opportunities with the Mentee.
 
  
Benefits of Mentoring
 
The program offers many benefits to the Mentor, Mentee and NCBC organization including, but not limited to:
 •For the Mentor

  • Shapes the future of court management professionals
  • Increases personal satisfaction
  • Identifies own strengths and weaknesses
  • Learns from the Mentee
  • Enhances reputation and professional identity
  • Provides a window to staff views and ideas
  • Increases networking opportunities across all court functions
  • Builds long-term relationships
  • Enhances skills in coaching, counseling, listening, and modeling

 •For the Mentee

  • Receives guidance from a seasoned court professional
  • Learns more about the NCBC organization
  • Learns more about the judicial system and court operations
  • Receives objective feedback on skills to improve job performance and professional development
  • Increases career satisfaction
  • Enhances reputation and professionalism
  • Increases professional network opportunities and interpersonal relationships
  • Complements ongoing formal study and/or training and development activities
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•For the Organization

  • Assists member interaction and relationship development
  • Communicates the values, vision and mission of the organization
  • Supports involvement and progression within the organization
  • Enhances member satisfaction and retention
  • Adjusts views of staff goals
  • Provides for succession planning

 
   Role of the Mentor
 •Sharing information about the NCBC Organization
 •Providing confidential assistance to Mentees outside of their chain of command, allowing the Mentee to discuss work-related issues and other issues or concerns
 •Facilitating the Mentee’s growth by sharing resources and networks
 •Challenging the Mentee to move beyond his or her comfort zone
 •Coaching the Mentee on a particular skill
 •Encouraging the Mentee to create and implement strategic goals
 •Focusing on the Mentee’s professional development
 
  
Role of the Mentee
 •Committing to take the initiative to foster a positive and honest relationship with your Mentor
 •Being open to learning about new ideas
 •Following through with your Mentor
 •Actively participating in the experience
 •Being ready to make a serious effort to set career goals and achieve them
 •Listening to your mentor’s suggestions, evaluating them, and taking action
 •Performing a self-assessment: What skills do you need to acquire? Where do you want to go?
 •Being prepared to commit your time to working toward your goals, in addition to the official time for the mentoring relationship
 
  
Mentor Qualifications
 •An active member of NCBC
 •A reputation for competence and ethical and professional conduct. Sample qualities include:
 •Commitment to meeting regularly using the most appropriate method (physically or via telephone or video conference)
 •Considered a “go to” person
 •Considered a person of integrity
 •Dependable
 •Reliable
 •Quick to listen
 •Slow to speak
 •Slow to anger (even tempered)
 •A good teacher
 •Respectful
 •Consistently demonstrates patience
 •A sincere desire to mentor
 •Willing to commit to a mentoring relationship
 •An experienced problem solver and mediator
 •Previous training and/or coaching experience
 •Commitment to NCBC and its core values and mission
 
  
Mentee Qualifications
 •An active member of NCBC
 •As acknowledged by immediate supervisor, displays potential for professional growth; consistently displays integrity; demonstrates high ethical standards; consistently exhibits professional demeanor
 •Note: See also "Role of the Mentee"
 
 
 Mentor and Mentee Participation Requirements
1.Mentor and Mentee will both complete and sign a Memo of Understanding which details their expectations and approximate time frame of this pairing.
 2.Willingness to commit to mentorship for up to six (6) months
 3.Mentor and Mentee must complete a specified JOU course:  Essential
Mentoring Techniques: Building and Maintaining Mentoring Relationships

 
 
 
                                 Recommended for participation but not required
 
 
 •JOU PEI Report: Mentoring in the Courts
 •JOU SkillBrief: Successful Mentoring Programs
 •Books 24 x 7 (can be accessed via JOU portal): The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships by Lois J. Zachary
 •Books online: The Mentee’s Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You by Lois J. Zachary
 
 
 
Application Process
 
Mentor Program Application
 

Mentee Program Application
 
 
 
Pairing of Mentor and Mentee 
 
Mentors and mentees are matched by the NCBC Mentoring Advisory Committee (MAC) based on common career background, experience, goals and special interests.  Every attempt is made to pair Mentees with an appropriate Mentor based on the information provided in the applications. A system has been incorporated in the program in the event that an initial match or ongoing relationship is not satisfactory. The Mentor and Mentee may turn to the Program Chair for guidance and assistance. Unsatisfactory mentoring relationships may be terminated at any time during the six (6) month period by contacting the Program Chair. An attempt will be made to rematch the Mentor with another Mentee, although normally rematching will only be undertaken during the first three (3) months of the program.
 
  
Time Commitment for Program
 
The structured portion of the mentoring relationship is intended to last six (6) months, but it is hoped that the informal relationship will last a lifetime. The partnership is required to make a minimum of two (2) contacts per month within this six (6) month period.
 
 All Program participants will be asked to check in with the Mentoring Advisory Committee on a monthly basis and upon completion of the program to provide a detailed evaluation of their experience.
 
  
Confidentiality
 
The information provided by the Mentee on their application is considered confidential and will only be reviewed by the Mentor and the Mentoring Advisory Committee. The information provided by the Mentor on their application is considered confidential and will only be reviewed by the Mentoring Advisory Committee and forwarded to the assigned Mentee. All written and oral communication between Mentors, Mentees, and Mentoring Advisory Committee is confidential and will not be disclosed without mutual consent. Concerns regarding confidentiality should be referred to the Mentoring Advisory Committee immediately. Contact information may be found on the NCBC website at http://ncbc.memberclicks.net/
 
 
 
Contact Information
 
Mentor Committee
mona_sparks@kyeb.uscourts.gov