Let Their
Be Your Guide

Strengthen Your Skills

You're enrolled in TechRise PDX or NW Promise and 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 mentor who has gone through it before and can help you develop the skills you need to thrive. Once you get a referral from your career coach, the next step is to apply.


A non-traditional workforce

A wide range of ages

May not have a college degree and are working on certifications

May not have a strong work history

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

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


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

Basic Info

LENGTH: Most mentoring relationships last about one year
TIME COMMITMENT: 1–2 hours per month
TRAINING: Mentors and mentees receive training before the mentoring 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

Schedule a phone call to discuss next steps

Complete a background check

Attend training

Get paired with a mentor

Have your first meeting:
– Share a little about yourself
– Get to know your mentor
– Review the Career Mentoring Code of Conduct together
– Create a communication and meeting plan

Meet once a month for 6–12 months


Our Office

809 N Russell St.
Portland OR, 97227