Guide Their Journey. Transform Our City.


Engage + Guide

You know firsthand how intimidating and grueling it can be to navigate the technology or healthcare industries. And having gone through it before, you're now in a position to lend a helping hand to another in need. Welcome! The ELM program can help you make a difference as you mentor an aspiring professional and help Portland companies better reflect the diversity of our community.



Why Become a Mentor?

  • To serve as a role model to aspiring professionals

  • To influence the career growth of diverse job seekers with barriers to employment

  • To directly impact an increase in the diversity of the technology and healthcare industries in our community

The Ideal Mentor Candidate

  • Has a desire to impact the diversity of the local workforce

  • Is able to commit to monthly meetings with a mentee over a 12-month period

  • Is comfortable building trusting relationships with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Can relate to and empathize with challenges mentees might face within their industry

  • Has at least two years of professional work experience in one of the following tech or healthcare positions:

    • Tech
      Software Developer/Engineer, Software/IT Leadership and/or Product Support, IT Infrastructure, Database Admin, Front-End Developer, UI/UX Design

    • Healthcare
      Nursing, Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Office/Admin, Operating Room Tech, Pharmacy Tech, Dental

LENGTH: Most mentoring relationships last about one year

TIME COMMITMENT: 1–2 hours per month

TRAINING: Mentors and mentees receive a program overview 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 Mentors

Submit an application

Phone follow-up

Background check

Attend training

Get matched with a mentee

The Schedule of Your First Meeting
Get to know your mentee
- Review the Career Mentoring Agreement together
- Start setting professional goals

Meet once a month for 9–12 months