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Welcome to the Chase-Smith Mentorship Program

Interested in meeting successful role models who have walked a mile in your shoes? 
Do you wonder what the future holds?
Would you like to find a mentor but don't know where to start? 
Don't go it alone! 
Join the Chase-Smith Mentorship Program.
 
Mentoring is a partnership between two (or in this case more) people. It is a process of ongoing support and development which tackles issues and goals identified by the mentee. The mentor offers guidance, counseling and support in the form of practical and objective advice. The Chase-Smith Mentorship Program is designed to provide all cadets access to a valuable network of resources.  Mentoring circles will consist of approximately ten mentees and upperclass cadet/faculty members.  Teams will meet monthly in a variety of settings throughout the year.
 
Interested in joining or getting more information?  Email mcf@usma.edu.
 
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The following guidelines should help facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship between mentors and mentees.
 
For Mentees:
  • Choose success. Show your commitment to the mentorship by being responsive and following through. Establish goals for the relationship.
  • Initiate. Reach out to your mentor by asking questions and be ready to discuss why you are seeking help. Try using open-ended questions (questions that elicit more than a “yes” or “no” response).
  • Communicate responsively and effectively. Provide timely, honest, and thoughtful responses to your mentor whether it’s through email, phone, or in-person meetings. Seek feedback from your mentor about how the relationship is working.
  • Think critically. Listen to your mentor’s perspectives, critically evaluate their opinions, and remember that you make the final decision.
  • Stay positive. Don’t be discouraged if your first mentor match wasn’t what you were looking for. If you think that there might be a better fit for you, you can continue searching for other mentors by contacting the CIC.
  • Participate in surveys. We are committed to continually improving the Chase-Smith Mentorship experience for you. Please help us by providing your candid feedback in our short surveys.
 
For Mentors:
  • Choose success. Show your commitment to the mentorship by being responsive and following through. Understand the mentees goals.
  • Initiate. Reach out to your mentee by sharing your background and experiences and asking open-ended questions. Encourage an active dialogue rather than offering a single solution to address your mentee’s concerns. Also, inform your mentee if you’re not sure about something.
  • Communicate effectively. Provide timely, honest, and thoughtful responses to your mentee whether it’s through email, phone, or in-person meetings. Give plenty of room for your mentee to speak or ask questions and foster a trusting environment. Seek feedback from the mentee about how the relationship is working.
  • Be Patient. Many cadets may not always respond as quickly or professionally as you are accustomed to. Be careful not to press for information the mentee doesn’t want to discuss.
  • Stay positive. Don’t be discouraged if your first mentee match doesn’t develop into a successful mentorship. There are many cadets waiting for your help! Also, if you believe you might not be the right fit for a mentee, please let them know so that they can find additional help.
  • You define your mentorship. If you are uncomfortable with anything being asked of you by a mentee you can decline the request.
  • Participate in surveys. We are committed to continually improving the Chase-Smith Mentorship experience for you. Please help us by providing your candid feedback in our short surveys.