“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”

-Margaret Fuller

As an educational ecosystem for social entrepreneurs, The Ripple Center is seeking Facilitators and Mentors to share stories, experiences, knowledge and words of wisdom with The Ripple Center’s first Fellowship Cohort. As you know, businesses and organizations make extraordinary impacts on people and the planet we inhabit.  Through Facilitation or Mentorship, you can make an impact on this generation of changemakers and disruptors that will ripple out into the world in extraordinary ways.  Join us.

Facilitators

What is a Facilitator?

A Facilitator is an individual that volunteers to meet with a cohort of 15-20 Fellows and share their expertise and advice for a one-time session, lasting between 1-2 hours. Facilitators will conduct these conversations virtually.

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What qualifications is The Ripple Center looking for in a Facilitator?

If you are looking for an opportunity to inspire young adults who are developing businesses with positive social and environmental impacts, then you’re in the right place!  As a Facilitator, you should be knowledgeable about specific subject areas as it pertains to running a business or nonprofit.  Being able to relate those skills and ideas to social entrepreneurship is a bonus. You should be enthusiastic about conversing with young adults and be comfortable working in a virtual setting.  We welcome Facilitators from all backgrounds and walks of life.

What topics can Facilitators volunteer to speak about?

We are looking for Facilitators who can share their experiences and knowledge about any of the following topics: environmental stewardship, social justice, diversity & cultural competency,  business ethics & values, business development, market research, strategic planning, branding, revenue models, budgeting, manufacturing, customer acquisition, community relations, marketing, publicity, fundraising, social media, business law, hiring, team management, board development, networking, event planning, media relations, global marketplaces, managing failures and successes, mindfulness, and self-care.

Do I need to be a business owner in order to be a Facilitator?

You can, but you don’t have to be one.  We are looking for Facilitators that are involved in all different aspects of business and/or social impact activities including, but not limited to government affairs, nonprofit, corporate responsibility, and international development.

What does a 1-2 hour facilitated session look like?

Each Facilitator will have their own style of how they share their experiences and expertise with Fellows.  The conversations could include journeys of how you have arrived in your present position, practical information as it applies to aspects of running an organization and examples of successes, failures and lessons learned.  Prior to meeting with a cohort of Fellows, all Facilitators will have an individual meeting with a Ripple Center representative to discuss the session format.  

When will facilitated sessions take place?

The Fellowship begins August 1, 2022 and runs through mid-April 2023. The Ripple Center will work with your schedule to find a time that works. 

Can a Facilitator also apply to be a Mentor?

Yes, of course!

How do I volunteer to become a Facilitator?

CLICK HERE to fill out the form.

Mentors

What is a Mentor?

Mentors volunteer to support one Ripple Fellow throughout the 9 month program, providing individualized support and guidance as a business plan is developed.  Mentors commit to being available for a minimum of 2 hours a month as a source of information and support for the Fellow from mid-September 2022 until the end of March 2023.  Time spent as a mentor includes emails, phone calls or video calls to be will be scheduled between the Mentor and Fellow.

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What qualifications is The Ripple Center looking for in a Mentor?

If you are looking for an opportunity to inspire young adults who are developing businesses with positive social and environmental impacts, then you’re in the right place!  As a Mentor, you should be someone who has had success in your professional experience and you are knowledgeable about what it takes to run a social impact organization.  You should be enthusiastic about advising young adults and need to be comfortable working in a virtual setting.  We welcome Mentors from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Do I need to be a business owner in order to be a Mentor?

You can, but you don’t have to be one.  We are looking for Facilitators that are involved in all different aspects of business and/or social impact activities including, but not limited to government affairs, nonprofit, corporate responsibility, and international development.

What does Mentorship look like during the Fellowship program?

As a Mentor, you will share your academic, professional, and personal insights and experiences with the Fellow who is matched up with you.  Once you are paired with a Fellow, the two of you will create a schedule that works best for you.  As long as you provide a minimum of 2 hours of direct communication a month (approximately 14 hours between September 2022 and March 2023), you will fulfil the expectations of a Mentor.  Of course, you can choose to offer up more time if you have the availability and enthusiasm in guiding your Fellow through their business plans and social entrepreneurship education.

When does Mentorship take place?

Your commitment is from mid-September 2022 until the end of March 2023.

Can a Mentor also apply to be a Facilitator?

Yes, of course!

How do I volunteer to become a Mentor?

CLICK HERE to fill out the form.