BC, Mentorship Program, communications, public engagement

Introducing the Alliance’s Mentorship Program for BC's Freshwater Leaders! This one-of-a-kind six-month program is designed to amplify the impact of communications and public engagement efforts of grassroots groups and organizations working on freshwater issues in BC.

How does it work?

Up to five groups from across BC’s major watersheds will each be paired with a mentor to work together on a new or ongoing communications and/or public engagement project identified by each participating organization.

Through monthly one-on-one mentorship sessions, small group webinars, and peer learning circles, participants will become leaders in creative and effective communication and public engagement while working on projects that further the work of their organizations. Examples of potential Mentorship Program projects include:

• developing a grassroots fundraising campaign

• implementing a strategy to engage more supporters and volunteers

• improving approach, skills, and protocol for becoming a better ally with First Nations organizations and communities

• using mapping to microtarget specific prospect supporter demographics Participants in the Mentorship program will also have an opportunity to apply for a small amount of funds to support the implementation of their project through the Alliance’s new Community Contributions program.

Who Should Apply? Grassroots-oriented and First Nations groups, organizations, and freshwater recreation clubs from across British Columbia that are working on freshwater issues and are seeking a deeper level of engagement and collaboration.

How Can I Apply? Fill out the application form. In addition, applicants are asked to submit a simple unlisted or password-protected 2-minute (max) video pitch to YouTube or Vimeo that explains why your organization’s project should be selected for the Mentorship Program.

Deadline for applications: Monday, June 3rd, 2013 5PM PST How much does it cost? The program is free for all participants, thanks to the generous support of the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Vancouver Foundation.

Why the Mentorship Program now? In 2010, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation conducted a survey of 150 of Canada’s water leaders (see "the Canadian Waterscape: assessing the needs of Canada's water leaders"). One of the biggest needs identified was for training and support to enable groups to more effectively communicate and engage the public around initiatives aimed to protect and restore freshwater in Canada. The Freshwater Alliance emerged in 2012 to meet these needs through trainings, coaching, mentorship, and our suite of engagement tech tools.

The Alliance’s BC Program is aimed at supporting the capacity-building needs of the BC freshwater stewardship community with a priority on grassroots groups and First Nations organizations and communities. For the next three years, our BC Program will focus on innovative outreach and communications support to increase success for pubic engagement on water issues. For more information, contact Susi Porter-Bopp