The Program Experience
The Global Talent Mentoring experience is a holistic one that offers multi-layered developmental opportunities and support for talented and motivated youths in STEMM fields. Read below to find out more about the great features that our program has to offer—all at no cost.
A Holistic Experience
The core method of talent support is one-on-one mentoring: Each talented youth—the mentee—is matched with a mentor who is an expert in their field of interest. Mentees engage with their mentors in a goal-oriented, one-on-one mentoring relationship. Mentees are encouraged to set specific goals and work on achieving those goals with the support of their mentor. Research shows that goal-oriented mentoring is more effective than purely friendship-based mentoring.
Furthermore, research shows that mentees who engage in networking and project collaborations—in addition to one-on-one mentoring—benefit even more from a mentoring program. Therefore, Global Talent Mentoring promotes and facilitates small-group projects and program-wide networking. Mentees develop research competence and collaboration skills in small-group collaborations and can participate in and benefit from interdisciplinary discussions and projects. Mentees also practice networking skills and grow their professional networks as they seek to connect with other STEMM experts and talented youths from all over the world in the Global Talent Mentoring community.
In addition to providing multi-layered talent support, Global Talent Mentoring also helps mentees build their own individual learning pathways. A learning pathway serves two purposes. First, it acts as a plan that contains milestones and goals to guide mentees on their path to excellence in their respective STEMM field. Mentors who are domain experts can help the mentees plan and implement their learning pathway. Second, the learning pathway also serves as a portfolio of their talent development journey. As mentees achieve a major accomplishment (e.g., completion of a project, publication of a peer-reviewed article), they can document it in their learning pathway.
A Multifunctional Platform
Our custom-designed, multifunctional online platform is the virtual meeting place for mentees and mentors from all over the world to communicate, exchange ideas and resources, and collaborate on innovative and exciting projects. Our platform offers a suite of communication tools (e.g., messaging, videoconferencing), a collaboration space, and community features (e.g., forums, group-discussion channels).
One central feature of the online platform is that each mentee–mentor pair, called a dyad, has its own special workspace called the Dyad Area. Global Talent Mentoring is predicated upon goal-oriented mentoring and provides goal-setting and workspace pages in the Dyad Area to facilitate this process. In the Dyad Area, each mentee sets goals with the guidance of their mentor and keeps an up-to-date record of their goals, tasks, and progress. Mentors review their mentee’s goals and work in the Dyad Area to provide interactive feedback and additional resources.
When mentees and mentors take advantage of all that the Global Talent Mentoring platform has to offer, they are taking an essential step in making their mentoring journey a success!
Training and Support
Mentees and mentors receive regular guidance and training to optimize the productivity and development of their interactions with one another, as well as their participation on the platform. Training examples include how to align expectations between mentee and mentor, goal setting, and a wealth of research-based topics on effective mentoring.
To assist participants on their long-term mentoring journey, each mentee and mentor is assigned to their own program representative. Our knowledgeable program representatives engage with mentors and mentees in scheduled check-in meetings and are available via message or video chat to answer questions, address any concerns, and receive feedback.