Power Mentoring Program Spotlight – Indspire’s Rivers to Success
This month our power mentoring program is Indspire, a Canadian Indigenous charity that has been helping Indigenous people since 1985. Indspire’s Rivers to Success program is run by a team of dedicated administrators devoted to the betterment of Indigenous people.
One of the program’s lead admins is Greg Monias. When he first started at Indspire, in March 2020, he delved into learning about MentorCity’s features – his favourites being the Speed Matching functionality and extensive customization capabilities that help admins manage the program with ease. Since their program has many participants, they needed a quick matching solution in order to be able to focus their attention on the other areas of running a flourishing mentoring program, such as their mentoring program orientation sessions, drop-in Q&As, events and newsletters.
One such match was between mentor Erica Daniels and mentee Desiree Brightnose. Erica is a well-known figure in the Indigenous film community, and she is the founder and owner of Kejic Productions. Desiree is a recent film grad. Their mentoring relationship strongly impacted both of their lives; Desiree now works full-time with Erica and has also started her own successful film company called Tilted Teepee Productions. Having a mentor by her side helped Desiree overcome some of the systemic obstacles of being a woman in a typically male-dominated profession and helped her achieve her dream of working in the film industry and being an entrepreneur.
Building Indspire’s mentoring program has involved a lot of dedication and hard work, particularly because of the challenges posed by the pandemic. This has meant conducting virtual events and ceremonies, rather than in-person ones, and learning to be innovative in their program delivery approach.
The response has been positive, with over 1,400 members now participating in the program. Students are still eager to engage, connect, and gain support from those in the Indigenous community. Greg says his favourite part of running a mentoring program is connecting a broad group of individuals and helping them understand where they come from and where they want to go.
“Our biggest mentoring program accomplishment is how many people have shown up at our events, often through a word of mouth buzz,” says Greg.
-Alicia Holland, MentorCity
Media: Media Download