Let Their Experience Be Your Guide


Absorb Skills

You're an aspiring professional looking for a job in the technology or healthcare industries. Or you've found a job (congratulations!) and need guidance as you navigate a new workplace. Welcome! The ELM program can set you up with a peer mentor who has gone through it before and can teach you the skills you need to thrive.


Who Are We Looking For?


A non-traditional workforce

  • We want a range of ages

    • TechRise PDX: 18–29

    • NW Promise: 18–60

  • You may not have a college
    degree and are working on certifications

  • You may not have a strong work history

  • You may be balancing multiple commitments,
    including family and jobs

And diverse peoples

  • People of color

  • Women (in tech, specifically)

  • Low-income people

  • Immigrants and refugees

  • English language learners


  • People with disabilities



Why Become a Mentee?

  • To partner with an industry professional to advance your professional development

  • To increase your skills and knowledge to help get your foot in the door of your desired industry

  • To gain exposure to the culture of the technology or healthcare industries

  • To build a trusting relationship with an industry professional who is committed to supporting the career growth of diverse job seekers



The Ideal Mentee Candidate

  • Is actively enrolled in TechRise PDX or NW Promise

  • Has recently completed, or is about to complete, an industry training

  • Is within 6 months of pre-employment or post-employment

  • Is able to commit to meeting with a mentor over a 12-month period

  • Is motivated to pursue professional development goals

  • Is seeking a professional network or social capital to successfully launch a career in technology or healthcare

LENGTH: Most mentoring relationships
last about one year
TIME COMMITMENT: 1–2 hours per month
TRAINING: Mentors and mentees receive mentoring and cultural-responsiveness training before the official relationship begins
COST: No cost to participants (this program is sponsored by Worksystems and Portland Leadership Foundation)



Next Steps for Mentees

Get a referral from your career coach

Submit an application

Phone follow-up

Background check

Attend training

Get paired with a mentor

What to Expect in Your First Meeting
– Share a little about yourself
– Get to know your mentor
– Review the Career Mentoring Agreement together
– Start setting professional goals

Meet once a month for 9–12 months