We all have something to learn and something to teach! That’s why as a benefit of membership, NEAPG is pleased to offer peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities to all members.
How It Works
Any member can become a mentor or a mentee—or both! Here’s how it works:
- Mentors submit a list of the topic areas in which they’re willing to provide coaching. You can become a Mentor at any time during your membership. The complete list of topics in which mentoring is currently offered is published on this page (below). If you see a topic already listed that you’d like to offer mentoring in please do! Multiple Mentees might be waiting for help in that area.
- Mentees submit a request for coaching in their area of interest from the list on this page (below). You can become a Mentee at any time during your membership. Sometimes mentoring isn’t offered in a particular area simply because no one has asked for it yet! If you would like coaching in an are not yet offered, please submit a request and the Mentoring Team will try to find a Mentor with expertise and opportunity to help.
- The Mentoring Team matches the Mentee with a Mentor offering coaching in their area of interest. You will each receive an email notification that you have been paired. At that point your mentoring relationship begins!
- Mentoring is time-limited by default. Mentees and Mentors are asked to make a 3-month commitment to each other and to try to meet 3-4 times (in-person or virtually) in that period for at least 30 minutes. If possible, you’ll be matched with a mentor who lives in your geographic area to make in-person meeting feasible if you so choose. At the end of the 3-month period, you can choose to continue the relationship on their own, otherwise the commitment will automatically end.
- Mentees and Mentors will receive a brief survey about their experiences to help us improve the program.
Here is a list of topics in our members currently offer mentoring:
- Business start-up
- Client communication
- Client report writing
- Connecticut research
- DNA/Genetic genealogy
- Dual citizenship
- Educational path planning, incl. next steps for BU grads
- Forensic genealogy
- French-Canadian research
- Genealogical society building
- Generalist services
- Immigration research
- Irish research
- Italian research
- Jewish research
- Lineage societies, incl. DAR/SAR specialty
- Massachusetts & Colonial Massachusetts
- Military repatriation
- Naturalization research
- Networking successfully
- New England research generally
- New Hampshire research
- New York research
- Organizing large projects
- Portuguese research
- Reporting methods
- Speaking career building
- Transitioning from a sole practitioner to a team business
- Transitioning to full time
- Working for multiple organizations
- Writing for publication
- Writing client reports
If you would like to participate in the mentoring program, as either a mentor or mentee, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentor volunteers, please include:
- Topic(s) for which you’d like to offer mentoring.
- A brief statement of your experience in that/those area(s).
Prospective Mentees, please include:
- The topic for which you’d like coaching.
- A brief statement of your experience in that area.
- Your goals for learning in that area.