We are currently running YELL programs in West Vancouver (West Vancouver Secondary on Mondays), Richmond (Richmond Secondary on Mondays), and Coquitlam (Pinetree Secondary on Wednesdays). If you are an entrepreneur or business person who would like to become involved with YELL as a Guest Speaker or Mentor in one of these areas please fill out our Mentor Application Form.
Role of a Guest Speaker
Being a guest speaker with YELL will provide you with an opportunity to inspire students through sharing your personal stories that have led you to your current success. You’ll choose from the list below of weekly topics and share your related experiences.
- Entrepreneurship (participate on a panel with other entrepreneurs and share your story)
- Revenue Streams & Cost Structure
- Key Resources
- Mindfulness in Business
When completing the Mentor Application Form, please indicate which weekly topic from above you feel you are best suited for. Sessions are held from 3:30pm to 6pm and you’ll have 1.5 hours to use as you feel fit. Feel free to use case studies as part of your presentation as well.
Role of a Mentor
For mentoring to be successful there must be a reciprocal, comfortable relationship between the mentor and students. Both parties must work at the relationship to make it successful by being open-minded, respectful and keeping to the expectations that have been set for the relationship. Ideally, the mentoring relationship will be a mutually beneficial one.
We believe that mentoring with YELL will be a positive and enriching experience for you. Specifically, we hope you will:
- Refine your coaching and mentoring skills
- Develop meaningful connections with students
- Support the development of future leaders in your community
- Learn about the YELL organization and the next generation of entrepreneurs
- Expand your professional network
As a mentor you play several roles, including:
Motivator: Expresses belief and confidence in the students’ abilities, and encourages the students to try new things.
Resource: Teaches and advises the students on how to make professional contacts and introduces them to new people, places or ideas.
Supporter: Encourages open and honest dialogue, listens to and responds to the needs of the students.
Coach: Helps the students develop, and work to achieve, realistic and meaningful goals.
Because mentors are an integral part of the YELL program, there are certain expectations of involvement in order to ensure smooth program delivery. These include:
Ability to commit approximately 2-4 hours per week over a 16-week period
The Idea Incubator phase of the YELL program runs after the Business Accelerator phase, from January to April, every second week from 3:30pm to 6pm. You may need to attend some of these sessions to work with your group of students
You will need to meet with your group of students outside of the regular YELL sessions at a time and place convenient for you, approximately once every two weeks
Set expectations with students for how and when you will contact each other
Help your students in identifying and setting goals. Track progress and make changes as needed
Approach the mentoring relationship with an open mind, professionalism and respect
Communicate effectively and consistently
Communicate any problems with the mentoring relationship to YELL program staff
If possible, act as a liaison to help assemble a board of advisors for the Venture Challenge
Participate in an assessment survey at the end of the program. Feedback from mentors is invaluable in our efforts to enhance the quality of the YELL program
Since you will be working with children under the age of 18, you will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search prior to participating in the YELL program
You will be required to sign a Code of Conduct form prior to mentoring with YELL