Be a mentor -- or learn from one

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Young Government Leaders has opened applications for next year’s Mentoring Program.

A unique group committed to passing on knowledge and tradition in the civil service as well as innovation in government -- Young Government Leaders (YGL) -- has announced plans for the kickoff of next year’s Mentoring Program.

The program starts with an application, which will be accepted from Jan. 3 to Jan. 31, 2022. Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted as mentors and mentees by Feb. 22. Applications are “open to all,” regardless of experience, as the group advises.

Whether you’re a fed at early- or mid-career, you might consider opting in to get the many benefits a mentor can bring you. Or you’re further along and would like to be that mentor, YGL has a well-structured, attractive program for you.

“The YGL Mentoring Program offers the opportunity for individuals new to government or early in their government careers to form quality connections with senior management employees,” the group says in an announcement inviting applicants on both sides of the program. “These connections are imperative to developing the next generation of government leaders.”

There are many great stories -- and plenty of evidence -- that mentorship works and can really help you advance in your career. It also helps agencies and those who lead them share what they’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, so you can build on hard-won lessons and institutional traditions alike. It’s to everyone’s benefit.

The two-decades old group has honed the mentorship program that’s at its core.

“It grew from a desire to address generational inconsistencies in the workplace, as well as a lack of resources for high quality, low cost, structured mentoring programs,” the group says. “The YGL Mentoring Program allows for a partnership between new and experienced workers to develop organically. Participants benefit from the experience their mentors bring in all aspects of life; while mentors are able to learn what the younger generation is looking for in an office culture and in a supervisor.”

YGL is a 501 c-3 private organization, helmed by feds past and present, including current leaders at various agencies as well as the Partnership for Public Service, GovLoop and other nonprofits. 

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