Mentors of the Blind Leaders Development Program have an opportunity to invest in an emerging blind leader by volunteering their time and sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and expertise. Mentors will have an opportunity to develop their crucial conversation skills, expand their networks, and engage in AFB’s systems change initiatives.

Mentor Selection Criteria

Our hope is to select a diverse group of professional and open leaders who are blind or visually impaired to mentor Fellows in this program. Ideal mentor candidates will demonstrate the following:

Competence, Experience, and Professionalism

Ideal candidates have at least 5years of leadership experience and demonstrate a high level of professionalism. These candidates are knowledgeable about leadership qualities and have previous experience and success in mentoring. Please note, previous mentoring experience is not a requirement, but is preferred.

Openness and Willingness to Share Ideas and Insights

Ideal candidates demonstrate a willingness to listen, share about their life experiences, and assist with problem-solving. These candidates demonstrate an openness to new ideas and perspectives.

Potential to Be a Productive Program Mentor

Ideal candidates use mainstream office software (such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications), with a medium-to-strong level of skill. These individuals are proficient in the assistive technology of their choice. Effectiveness with these tools will enable participants to easily access all program materials and events. These candidates will commit to an average of 3 hours per week throughout the program, as well as the effort, and resources required to fully engage in the program. All applicants to the program will be personally notified by AFB staff of selection results.

Commitments

Mentors of the Blind Leaders Development Program will be expected to commit to:

  • Purchase The Leadership challenge book from Audible or acquire it free from Bookshare.
  • Attend the AFB Blind Leaders Development Program Mentor Training workshop.
  • Attend the kick-off including The Leadership Challenge training, in-person for 3 days, the week of August 1 - 5, 2022.
  • Actively listen to and provide honest and direct communication with their assigned Fellow.
  • Work with your fellow to put at least four behaviors discussed during the Leadership Challenge training into practice.
  • Read all advance materials and prepare for all mentoring meetings.
  • Complete all assignments in Google Classroom in a timely manner, and participate in discussions and webinars at least 80% of the time.
  • Attend all one-on-one sessions with your Fellow, read advance materials and questions for each mentoring session (at least one hour per month).
  • Participate in all follow-up surveys for at least three years (representing a commitment of no more than 2 hours per year).
  • Cover ground transportation and some meals when traveling to out-of-town events when AFB covers other expenses.