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Vision Mentor

Digital Media for Social Change

Nurture the next generation of women citizen journalists who will shape our world!

PORTLAND, OR—April 2013—Are you a global soul who would like to use your expertise in coaching and mentoring to lift and unite women’s voices for social change? Then join a global movement of women who are harnessing the power of new media to broadcast solutions-oriented news from the front lines of some of the most unheard regions in the world.

World Pulse is seeking dedicated volunteers for our fourth annual Voices of Our Future program, an online digital media, citizen journalism and empowerment training course for emerging grassroots women leaders from around the globe. Our goal is to equip these women with the tools, knowledge and empowerment they need to vocalize and actualize their visions for change.

This summer, thirty women will be selected as Correspondents to begin the five-month Voices of Our Future training program starting June 10th. You could be paired with one of these outspoken leaders for change! World Pulse needs volunteers to become Vision Mentors. Your role will be to create a transformational partnership -- championing, nurturing, catalyzing, challenging and supporting your Correspondent throughout the program as she strives to crystalize her vision for herself and her community. You will journey alongside your Correspondent to the frontiers of digital media and women’s empowerment.

Commitments:

Frequent and reliable access to the internet

Dedication to the entire five-month training course from June 2012 to October 2013

Participation in the training session to acquaint you with the program and your role: May 21st from 9-10:30am Pacific Standard Time OR May 23rd from 1pm-2pm Pacific Standard Time (select one).

Participation in the training session with the Editorial Mentors to explore methods of building an empowering and supportive triad: May 27th from 9am-10am Pacific Standard Time OR May 28th from 3pm -4pm Pacific Standard Time (select one)

Devotion of 1-2 hours every week to working one-on-one with your Correspondent via email, Skype, phone, etc. (minimum once a week check-in)

Three visioning sessions with your correspondent, each approximately 60-90 minutes long.

Attendance at two conference support classes and one end of program conference call.

*Please note that to participate in the Voices of Our Future Program as a Vision Mentor we request that you join World Pulse, our social networking site, to enable you to interact with your Correspondent, our staff and global network of women. Go to http://www.worldpulse.com/user/register to register today.

Required Skills:

• Expertise as a professional coach or mentor with a spiritual, social and cultural global lens.
• Cross-cultural experience.
• Flexibility and responsiveness to reality of women in conflict zones and developing nations with the ability to overcome challenges and stay in regular contact.
• Experience with gender-based and deeply feminine frameworks.
• Additional experience in restorative justice work, trauma recovery, consciousness practice are assets.
• Desire to be an active digital citizen—not afraid to jump into new technology (with some help!) such as Skype and online communities.
• Patience and a sense of humor.

Benefits:

"This program has confirmed what I already know - women need to speak out -- or shout out - because we do have so much to say. We just need to give ourselves a chance. VOF has allowed me to give myself that chance.” Noreens, 2012 World Pulse Correspondent, Palestine

The deep and soulful satisfaction of knowing you are participating in a program that will be life-changing for the woman you will help support, as well as for yourself as you read and react to their inspiring stories. The amazing opportunity to connect with grassroots women leaders from Zimbabwe to Columbia, exchange ideas and laughter together and become friends.

“While certainly aware of global issues, working with my correspondent gave a personal perspective that came from sharing her journey. It reinforced my belief that great global change can come from women in every "walk and station in life" and also to the importance and impact that support and encouragement can make as we stretch into new endeavors.

My experience has caused me to examine how I might be able to reach out more globally in sharing myself, my knowledge, and my skills. Using a combination of Skype and emails also opened me to the possibility of reaching out in my leadership coaching practice in a similar manner or to consider the possibilities of including leadership learning opportunities as well. In short, participating has opened great possibilities. Thank you!” Mary Ann Morreale, 2012 Vision Mentor

The Vision Mentor framework will be led by Zoe Piliafas with the support of Ellen Wingard and Vision Alums.

If you are interested in becoming a Vision Mentor, please fill complete the online survey: http://bit.ly/XtY8RO

If you have any questions please contact zoe@worldpulse.com

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