A Mentorship Program is intended to facilitate connections between two individuals where the mentor can provide insight, guidance, inspiration, and support to learn and grow personally and professionally.  Mentees can gain organizational and career knowledge, understand organizational culture, and build their network.  The learning and growth can happen for both mentor and mentee as a result.   


What am I expected to do? 
We hope that Mentors and Mentees can meet at least once a month for about an hour a month and in a way that works for both (we could imagine for some working on site or in the field that the interaction may be in a safe, socially distanced setting).  Mentors and Mentees will have opportunities to get ideas from information sessions in October as well as the monthly sessions starting in October and ending in March to consider in their time together.  Both Mentor and Mentee should consider and establish what their shared expectations are for spending time together or in other interactions.    


What is the length of the commitment?  While many mentoring relationships go beyond the time frame of a program, we are expecting a minimum commitment of October – March and we will be asking for your feedback along the way.   

Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? 
We encourage letting the mentee know about the situation and contact the Learning and Development Team (learninganddevelopment@sanjoseca.gov). We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.