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Business Mentor Interest Form - YEA! Chicago

Business Mentor Interest Form - YEA! Chicago

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Female Strong's YEA! Chicago program as a Business Mentor. Please complete this questionnaire and review the downloads for more information. We will follow up by email after reviewing your submission.

Here are the mandatory involvement dates for 2023-2024 Business Mentors. Each of these obligations will take place virtually on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:30pm Central:

- Mentor Orientation, 1/3/24
- Mentor Visit #1, 1/24/24
- Mentor Visit #2, 1/31/24
- Mentor Visit #3, 2/14/24
- Mentor Visit #4, 2/21/24
- Mentor Visit #5, 2/28/24
- Mentor Visit #6, 3/6/24

Here are the optional involvement dates for 2023-2024 Business Mentors:
- Field Trip Chaperone, 10/18/23, 4:30-7pm, SRW Agency 660 W Randolph St
- Power Rounds Idea Generation, 11/1/23, 5:30-6:30pm, Virtual
- Field Trip Chaperone, 11/15/23 4:30-7pm, Freight to Plate 326 N Racine Ave
- Investor Panel Dress Rehearsal, 3/13/24, 4:30-7pm, Third Floor Tenant Lounge at 444 N Michigan
- Investor Panel Pitch Presentation Event, 3/20/24, 5-8pm, Teknion Showroom in Fulton Market

Would you like to make a difference in a young entrepreneur's journey? Become a Business Mentor!

YEA! Chicago is searching for adult professionals to work one on one with Young Entrepreneurs Academy students. During weekly virtual mentor visits from late January - March 2024, mentors provide guidance and feedback as students think through all aspects of their business creation, write their business plans, and prepare their Investor Panel presentations. Mentors commit to 6 weekly class visits of 60 minutes each, with continued out-of-class support through email as well as several optional involvement opportunities.

Mentor Goals and Expected Outcomes:

- Assist students in thinking through all aspects of a business plan.

- Provide guidance and feedback as students conceptualize ideas.

- Keep students on track and help them meet deadlines.

- Review business plans and make edits, changes, and suggestions.

- Review PowerPoint presentations and make edits, changes, and suggestions.

- Compare PowerPoint presentations and business plans for consistency.

- Connect students with other business professionals.

Mentor Responsibilities:

- Mentors should advise students, ask them the right questions, and guide them through the process of developing a business plan and preparing Investor Presentation PowerPoints. 

- Mentors should set objectives and timelines for the students and should critique and edit their work.  Business Mentors are a very important part of the business plan writing process.