The primary purpose of the Mentorship Match Program (MMP) is to facilitate the development of effective mentoring opportunities for AASP student members. Joining forces with the Proactive Peer Undergraduate Mentorship Program (PPUMP), the revised MMP will extend across the spectrum of student development from undergraduate to graduate level. Mentees and mentors are matched based on factors that may include professional interests, work/supervision style, preferred mode of communication, and geographic location. Mentees and mentors work together to identify individual goals and action plans. They are invited and encouraged to share their experiences, as well as ideas for improving MMP, at the annual conference. Please note that MMP participation is open to current AASP student members only.
The MMP grew out of a previous initiative, the Student Leadership Pool Registry. The purpose of the registry was to encourage student leaders to continue to serve as leaders once they became professional members of AASP. Although the initiative proposal was accepted, the idea was put on hold until 2009 when the program was reinvented with a new name, clearer purpose, and detailed action plan for achieving its goals.
The pilot phase of the program took place over a ten-month period during the 2009-2010 year, with four professional members (who were themselves serving as committee chairs and on the executive board) and four regional representatives participating in a mentor-mentee relationship.
All corrrespondence should be directed to Courtney Hess and Julia Cawthra at firstname.lastname@example.org.