UndocuProfessionals Annual Virtual Mentorship Program - Spring and Summer 2022

A Mentorship Program for and by the Undocumented Communities
UndocuProfessionals Mentorship Program is the first nationwide mentorship program that connects an undocu-MENTOR with and undocu-MENTEE


About our Program

With the Mentoring Program, UndocuProfessionals Network aims to empower undocumented youth and aspiring professionals by connecting them with passionate mentors that can offer meaningful guidance and support. More specifically, we aim for mentors and mentees to find support with each other by sharing personal experiences, navigating educational institutions, employment opportunities, career experiences and other topics that feel comfortable sharing.

The start of the program is Spring/Summer 2022 and mentors & mentees will meet a minimum of 6 contacts for the full program.

Mentor/Mentee will communicate via phone, email, or video conference. We have established different mentoring “tiers” to meet the needs of both mentor & mentee goals of the program in the following 3 tiers; Personal, Career and Educational. 

  • Personal Goals: Making connections, and sharing experiences, stories and/or journeys
  • Career Goals: Career support; applying for a new job, review resume, job opportunities, career information/experiences
  • Educational Goals: applying for a scholarship, application to undergrad/graduate program
Application are currently being accepted

Program Goals

  • Help aspiring professionals that happen to be undocumented to learn about the higher education journey and experiences transitioning to a professional.
  • Eliminate knowledge gaps in college and career access.
  • Develop continuous support networks throughout the community and partners, with an emphasis on cultural connections.
  • Enable underrepresented aspiring professionals to envision themselves at college and/or in professionals fields achieving their goals.
  • Empower Professionals that happen to be undocumented, DACA, TPS, Mixed Statues and formerly undocumented to mentor the next generation.

Program Structure

  • Aspiring professionals that are undocumented are paired with a mentor who is currently a Professional.
  • Mentor-Mentee matching is a collaborative effort between the UndocuProfessionals Mentorship team, and is based on information that applicants provide regarding personal, academic and career goals and interests on their applications.
  • Expectations for mentors: communicate with mentee at least  six times during the full mentorship program via text, email, and schedule one-to-ones video calls.
  • Expectations for mentees: communicate needs, interests, and questions about personal, education and career goals to mentor. Work with mentor to schedule meetings.
  • One-to-ones should take place at least six times for the full program.
  • Mentors and mentees fill out a monthly feedback survey to keep stakeholders apprised of their progress.
  • Mentors and mentees jointly fill out a mentoring contract at the beginning of the relationship; this contract is also signed by a parent or guardian if the mentee is a minor.
  • UndocuProfessionals team will check in face-to-face and via email with mentors/mentees as needed, and communicate any issues to the other party for quick resolution.

Testimonials

"I could have used a mentor myself to navigate education, life, and my careers while undocumented or once I had DACA. Now I am in a position to mentor others and help guide them, validate them, and expose them to various pathways. Joining the UndocuProfessionals mentorship program gave me the opportunity to give back and hope I can continue to join other programs that centers the undocumented communities" - MENTOR
"The UndocuProfessionals Mentorship program provided the opportunity to mentor within our undocumented community which is highly needed and can make a difference between a student giving up on their dreams and achieving them."-MENTOR
"For the first time I felt that someone actually understood me and not feeling that I couldn't share my immigration status."-MENTEE
"My mentor connected with me right away and took their time to really get to know me. I'm grateful for the opportunity to just connect with someone that understand my struggles as someone undocumented."-MENTEE
"I learned quickly that I was in the right mentorship program because I felt understood. My mentor helped me take my first step to reach out to others for help. After the mentorship program I reached out to a company that gave me an internship opportunity using my ITIN."-MENTEE

Meet the Team & Contact Information

Fatima Lopez Barrios, Mentorship Program Coordinator
Janeth Moreno Hernandez, Mentorship Assistant (2nd Program)
Bernadette Martinez, Mentorship Program Assistant
Briselda Molina, Mentorship Program Assistant
Have a Question?

Contact Us

Email: undocuprofessionalsmentorship@gmail.com

What are the Benefits of Joining the program?

Resources
UndocuProfessionals Online Community includes networking events, Professional Development Opportunities, UndocuCareer workshop series, and more
Opportunity Listing includes jobs, internships, fellowships, scholarships and contracting opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

  • Mentors: No specific requirements are needed to be a mentor. We believe that anyone can be a mentor and can contribute so much. If you want to give back to the undocumented community we invite you to be a mentor. 
  • Mentee: No specific requirements are needed to be a mentee. If you need help in your personal, educational, and career development we highly encourage you to be a mentee.
  • This is the first program nationwide that has a mentor-mentee matching program within the undocumented community. Therefore, If you self-identify as undocumented, hold an undocumented legal status, have DACA/TPS, AB540, or have a refugee immigration status we highly encourage you to apply to be a Mentor or Mentee. 

Does the Mentor Program have mentors who are NON-DACA?

Yes, many mentors and mentees are non-DACA.

When will we know about our mentor?

One week after the start of the program

How will we be matched with a mentee?

The UndocuProfessionals mentorship program team works diligently to pair the best possible match and many pieces are reviewed before finalizing the match. Some to mention are: Location, Availability and your main goal of the program.

How long is the mentee/(f)mentor relationship supposed to last?

The Spring/Summer Mentorship Program will last from March 29, 2021 to August 27, 2021, however, we hope the mentorship program is only the beginning of the relationship with your mentee/mentor.

What resources will undocuprofessionals mentorship team will provide to (f)mentors in order to assist their mentee?

We will provide the following events and resources for the mentors so they can better assist their mentee: 1 hour training, 2 Mentors Meetings, provide resources, one-to-one meeting upon request, 2 networking events, 

Is it only for College students or fresh graduates who are seeking work?

Mentees that need personal, educational and professional development are highly encouraged to apply. Also, HS students are welcome to apply. Students under eighteen years old will have to get their legal guardians written consent to participate in the program.

How often are the meetings with the mentees?

The date and time is flexible. It is up to the mentor and mentee to decide on the dates/times of meetings. 

Can I be a Mentor and Mentee at the same time?

Yes, you can certainly be a mentor & mentee at the same time.

What happens if I cannot move forward with the Mentorship program?

We understand that we are currently living differently and difficult times, therefore, we ask that you please let us know as soon as possible to ensure that we notify the mentee/or mentor.

For more info please email the Mentorship Program Team: unndocuprofessionalsmentorship@gmail.com