The Mentor are members of the GLBMA and a local manufacturer. Mentors should have an interest in developing youth and their soft skills and increasing their knowledge around manufacturing professionals. They should have support of their company and be able to commit to 20 hours through out the year for in-person events and communication through email.
The Mentee program is open to area high school and college students, age 16 – 25. We encourage all mentees to be in good standing with their school. They should have an interest in pursuing a potential career in or manufacturing. They should be available year-round and be able to attend events around the region (event transportation may be provided).
To enhance, grow, and retain youth from the region through mentoring.
The vision of the Young Mfg Mentors is to grow the talent pool for professional manufacturing jobs through mentoring and developing relationships with the next generation.
The Young Mfg Mentors is a program of the Great Lakes Bay Manufactures Association. The program is designed to engage members with the local talent and next generations of manufacturing. Engagement is through social events, a match program, and communication. The program is application based. and activities are centered around manufacturing. We will provide a list of targeted activities.
Have additional questions or would like more detail. We can be reached at MichiganYMM@gmail.com. One of committee members will reach out to you and get your questions answered. You may also reach the GLBMA office for information.
We ask that both the mentor and the mentee spend approximately one year in the program. Please note our year is coordinated with the school system, operating from July to June. Although, this program is a continually running program.
The mentor will guide the mentee through a series of activities such as a plant tour, mock job interview, or answer questions about a particular career. The mentee is free to gather information from their mentor to make decisions about their career path. A mentee can put as much into the program as their time allows. It is a great way to build your network for possible talent pipelines that are available upon graduation or completion of a degree, or skilled trades program.
For both the mentor and the mentee, the program should take about 8-20 hours over the course of an year. We find that most mentors plan about one to two hours a month to guide the mentee and answer their questions.
We ask that you reach out to your mentor or the GLBMA office and let me know about your dilemma. We may have another mentor for you. But at least we know that you are not going to continue with the program and can stop contacting you.
We may schedule certain events for you to attend through out the year. But these are not required.
We are not able to provide personal transportation to and from meetings with your mentors. We will cover transportation to and from an offsite coordinated event leaving from a designated point using mass transit. There is no fee involved to join the program.