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The U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation Program (U.S.-CAEF) is one of the programs administered by American Councils. It is governed by the U.S.-CAEF board of directors and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The mission of the program is to encourage the development and growth of a vibrant, open-market, private business sector in Central Asia through business education.
The U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association is currently looking for mentors for the graduates of the U.S.-Central Asia Education Foundation (U.S.-CAEF) Enterprise Student Fellowship Program. U.S.-CAEF Alumni work in international corporations, leading domestic enterprises, and small or medium-sized businesses throughout Central Asia and abroad. Several have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial skills and have started their own businesses in often challenging economic environments.
Responsibilities of a mentor:
• Meet with your mentee at least once a month and/or engage in a mentoring activity, either in person or virtually.
• Willingly share your experience and professional success.
• Look for experiences that will stretch and challenge the mentee. (i.e., suggested readings, etc.)
• Remain accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program.
• Actively listen to your mentee.
• Provide open and candid feedback.
• Offer encouragement through genuine positive reinforcement.
• Be a positive role model.
• Share “lessons learned” from your own experiences.
• Be a consistent resource and serve as a sounding board.
• Let the Mentorship Program Coordinator know if you would like to have an individual one-on-one coaching session from a professional trainer for your own development.
• Let the Mentorship Program Coordinator know as soon as possible if you are having a problem connecting with your mentee.
Professionals (not required, but preferably in the spheres of finance, business, economics, or related areas) with extensive work experience/established careers eager to commit their time and energy to helping others, providing guidance and advice, and sharing their own experiences to help alumni reach a better work-life balance.
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