BY NANCY TOTH, MA
Professional Development Manager
APEGGA has signed an agreement for the purchase of software
to match mentoring pairs. For a nominal annual fee charged
to protégés, the software will match them with
mentors based on skill profiles posted anonymously.
The matching software is user-friendly and based on three
profiling tools – demographic filters, compatibility
questions, and a soft-skills self-assessment.
As The PEGG has already reported, a random survey of members
has indicated that potentially over 2,500 members have interest
in mentoring and over 1,200 members have interest in being
Given these figures, a matching tool is critical for an efficient
Apart from its matching capability, the software’s
additional benefits include the capacity to enable protégés
to set goals and objectives, and monitor their progress.
Research correlates the setting and monitoring of specific
goals with the increased success of mentoring programs.
A draft timetable for implementation is in place. The installation
options are under review, with installation of the software
scheduled for February. Editing of the program’s questions
will also be completed in February.
Registration will begin in late March with the self-directed
matching process in April. We’re planning full implementation
for May or June.
Participants in the mentoring program will find program
details, the Collaboro software and the Mentoring Guide on
the APEGGA website, which is being updated to coincide with
the introduction of the software. Promotion of the program
with details for registration will be available within the
next month. As coordinator of the program, I’ll be
the contact person for questions. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or (780) 426-3990, toll free 1-800-661-7020.
Draws New York Attention
Some of our recent communications demonstrate the power of
the Internet to reach beyond borders. In November, we conducted
a teleconference at the request of the Corporation for
Supportive Housing in the City of New York. The corporation
is a non-profit organization established in 1991 to help
communities all over the United States create permanent
housing with services to prevent homelessness.
The corporation saw APEGGA’s former mentoring guide
on the website and wanted to talk with us about how the mentoring
initiative was developed and how it would operate.
Dr. Judith Lentin, P.Geol., a member of the Mentoring Committee,
and I represented APEGGA on the call. Corporation representatives
from several states and agencies they work with participated.
In addition to New York personnel, connections were made
with staff from California, Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois
and other states.
Representatives of the corporation had many questions, in
their quest to improve their new internal mentoring program
and assist partner agencies in creating programs.