Need: Mentors for Voices of Our Future!
New Media for Social Change
Nurture the next generation of grassroots women leaders who will shape our world!
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 third annual Voices of Our Future program, an online new 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 fall, thirty women will be selected as Correspondents to begin the five-month Voices of Our Future training program starting November 14. 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 new media and women’s empowerment.
- Frequent and reliable access to the internet
- Dedication to the entire five-month training course from November 2011 to April 2012
- Participation in two training sessions to acquaint you with the program and your role: October 10th from 8-9:30am Pacific Standard Time; and October 18th or 19th from 8-9am 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 PulseWire, our online newswire and 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.
- 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.
“When I started the program, I never imagined that this was going to the greatest opportunity to build strong and healthy bonds, be a platform that would challenge my creativity, an opportunity that would sharpen my writing skills, shape my world, and a free haven to share “maadwen”-(my perspectives), my dreams, ideas, solutions, answers to global issues as a young woman. Above all, to have life coach- a mentor, a friend, a dream partner to voyage with me.” -Gifty Pearl, 2010 Correspondent Ghana
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.
“Connecting with a young, bright woman in Somalia whose vision of peace and empowerment of women could change the future of her culture and people… I learned so much from Ruun Abdi about determination, courage and faith in the midst of great obstacles. My life is richer and I have a deeper understanding of Somali culture and the real life circumstances that women face daily in that country.” Eunice Valentine, 2010 Vision Mentor
“The young women…correspondents were so incredibly inspiring to me, and opened my life to issues around the world that I was not aware of before. The process brought tremendous opportunity for me to grow, and for that I am grateful.” Cindy Bishop, 2010 Vision Mentor
The Vision Mentor framework will be led by Ellen Wingard and Rachael Maddock-Hughes.
Ellen Wingard is an early innovator in advancing women’s leadership through intergenerational mentoring, leadership coaching, career visioning and gender advocacy to support the next generation of global leaders. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, faculty of the Institute for Women’s Leadership and a mentor at The Impact Center for public service emerging leaders.
Rachael Maddock-Hughes has nine years of experience in the international community development and humanitarian aid sector, with a focus on gender and monitoring and evaluation. She has worked in Myanmar, Thailand, India and Afghanistan. Rachael has worked with World Pulse for nearly two years leading the development and implementation of Voices of Our Future as a Program Manager.
If you are interested in becoming a Vision Mentor, please read the documents and fill out the form below and send back to Rachael Maddock-Hughes at Rachael@worldpulse.com no later than September 28th.