Having the ability to tailor your pairing process to best fit your program is important, and that is why we developed the ability to facilitate Reverse Mentorship pairings in Evergreen programs. Reverse mentorship pairing is when mentors have the ability to request a mentee to pair, as opposed to only mentees having the ability to request a mentor.
If you're interested in enabling this functionality, you have the opportunity to in a couple of places throughout the platform:
- In both the Registration and Pairing Setup - under Pairing Process
- In your Program Settings
Note: Reverse mentorship is currently only available in Evergreen programs.
Registration & Pairing Setup:
When you are going through the Registration & Pairing Setup for your program, you will have the opportunity to select the pairing process you would like to use. Depending on the type of program you have selected (i.e. Cohort or Evergreen), you will see a few different options. The key difference between the two is that Cohort programs will have the Admin-led process and cannot use Reverse mentorship, whereas Evergreen programs will not have the admin-led process and may enable reverse mentorship.
For my example, here in the Evergreen program that I created, you can see the options I have for my pairing process:
I would like to run a User-led with approval program - this means that users can make pairing requests and they must be approved by the person they request (note: admins can still create new pairings at any time regardless of the pairing process I choose).
In order to enable reverse mentorship for this pairing process, I need to check the Mentors can request mentees box, under Request Types:
- Note: The ability for Mentees to select mentors is always enabled and preselected by default.
Once I have enabled this feature and turned on pairing for my program, both Mentors and Mentees would be able to create requests to pair with one another, facilitating reverse mentorship in your program.
If you have already launched your program and turned on pairing but would like to enable this feature going forward, you can easily do so from your Program Settings page as well:
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