What Is A Mentor?
Inmates to Entrepreneurs mentors are current or former business owners who are interested in volunteering to lead classes for formerly incarcerated individuals who are starting or have started their own businesses. Classes cover a range of topics, including marketing, business finances, setting up a business, and sales. Each program has multiple mentors who are responsible for working with mentees and facilitating classes. Mentors are not required to lead all eight courses.
Who Can Become A Mentor?
There are four requirements to becoming a mentor:
- You have founded or ran a business for at least a year.
- You are willing to lead a class.
- You have a driver’s license.
- You have filled out the mentor application.
While it is not a requirement, some of our most successful mentors are entrepreneurs who have a criminal background themselves.
What Is The Role Of A Mentor?
Successful mentors do any of the following:
- Facilitate a class for individuals with a criminal background that are interested in entrepreneurship.
- Provide advice to assigned course mentees.
- Speak about how to start a business at local correctional institutions.
What Assistance Is Given?
Inmates to Entrepreneurs provides the following to mentors:
- Logistical support identifying and enrolling participants, identifying course locations, and preparing for each class.
- Mentor training materials, including videos and information on best practices.
- Educational resources that can be shared with new entrepreneurs on how to start a business.
- A listing of the course’s meeting time and locations on the Inmates to Entrepreneurs website.
- Regular check-ins with an Inmates to Entrepreneurs staff member to answer any outstanding questions.
Interested in getting started? Apply to be a mentor.