Launched in 2010, the HBGC Mentorship Program initially started through a partnership with MIT’s Rainbow Lounge. In 2011, the program expanded beyond MIT students to serve any student between the ages of 16-21 looking for guidance from an LGBTQ mentor of color.
The program is designed to help students develop a positive LGBTQ identity while successfully adapting to academic or professional spaces. LGBTQ mentors aim to support youth in a safe, caring, one-on-one relationship as youth work towards their personal, social, academic, career, and/or life goals.
Mentors are required to meet with their mentee at least once a month over 6 months to works towards goals set during the program's orientation. Mentees are also strongly encouraged to attend regularly planned social outings and professional development workshops organized for all program participants.
The HBGC Mentorship Program is currently enrolling for its sixth cycle. The next cycle of mentor pairings will be in February 2016. Mentor screenings and trainings will begin January 2016. To express interest in being a mentor or mentee, please read below and send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Any youth 21 years of age and under in the Boston area who identifies as an LGBTQ person of color (including or beyond Black and Latin@ identities).
2. If under the age of 18, able to receive written permission from a parent/guardian or caseworker to participate;
3. Able to attend a program orientation (March 1, 2016) and meet with assigned mentor at least once a month for eight months; and
4. Complete and return a mentee program application.
1. Willing to undergo a CORI and SORI background check;
2. LGBTQ-identified person of color over the age of 25;
3. Living in the Boston area and plans to stay located in the Boston area during the entire year of 2016.
4. Willing and able to meet with your assigned mentee at least once per month for at least six months (starting in March 2016).
5. Able to attend the program’s mentor trainings (February 2016) and mentor/mentee orientation (March 2016); and
6. Complete and return a mentor program application, providing at least three references
Friday, January 22, 2016
Mentorship Application Deadline
Friday, February 5, 2016
Accept & Notify All Mentors/Mentees
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Mentee Orientation - 6:30pm
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Mentor Training #1 (Mentor Guidelines for Success) - 6:30pm
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Mentor Training #2 (Trauma/Mental Health & LGBT Youth) 6:30pm
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Make Up Mentor Trainings - 6:30pm
(both training offered concurrently)
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Program Orientation, Matching, Goal-Setting - 6:30pm
ENROLL in the Program:
Applications are closed for the first cohort of 2016.
Please check back for the next round of the Mentorship Program later this year!