The formula for this project has three main ingredients: mentors, proteges and a project.
The process of mixing this formula begins when LinkedIn professionals connect to the website using their LinkedIn credentials. The site stores their professional background, companies they have worked for and location. In addition, they will be given a survey to gather information on specific areas they feel they can give the most benefit in, and how much they want to be involved.
At the end of their profile creation, they will be given a short tutorial to show how the process works with a strong emphasis on being constructive in criticism and reiterating the concept of building creative confidence.
The youth also creates a profile, including a questionnaire about themselves and what they are looking for from this program.
The protege will create a project entry starting with a category (Examples: design, illustration, finance, literature), a summary of what they are working on, where they would like to focus, and any additional goals. This could be a school project or independent in nature. Included with the project can be images, sketches and any information on where they are in the process.
The website then mixes the formula in the background to find an appropriate mentor. It does this by using the data from the profile information from LinkedIn, the youth profile and project entry. Both the mentor and the protege will need to accept the project connection before they start working together. Once they’ve connected, they can communicate through the websites project entry via images and comments.
As the website grows the social aspect can be integrated. These relationships can also be used as referrals in the youths professional life over time. There can also be an aspect of the website where the proteges can connect with each other, relate with each other and share their experiences.
LinkedIn gives us an existing pool of legitimate professionals to pull mentors from. We can't ignore that current mentor programs are hard to commit to, based on the level of involvement or one thinking they wouldn't be a good mentor. This program would allow people to choose their level of commitment, and over time get more involved. This indirectly allows the mentor to work on their own creative confidence.
All mentors will be added to the “It takes a Village” LinkedIn group. The group will in turn be displayed on the mentors LinkedIn profile promoting the project and helping to gain new mentors.
LinkedIn is a platform that we can stand on to promote creative confidence locally and globally. This allows these skills, once learned, to be integrated in all aspects of life without ridicule.
HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO CREATIVE CONFIDENCE?
I feel that creative confidence is something achieved over time with exposure, experience and connection. This program could give them a chance to see success, understand process and learn by example. This also creates connections to others with similar passions. We can help support our youth with a huge database dedicated to connecting the existing and future professional world.
UPDATE 11/18There have been a lot of great ideas surfacing. It always helps me to get them down on paper in a couple of different ways. First a list, second a mind / site map to visualize how this program can be built and materialize. This program already has so much potential and with that a lot of details to perfect. Please feel free to help me organize. Big thank you to all that have contributed.
UPON SIGNUP and ABOUT
< Statement of Purpose >
< Terms and Agreement > Guidelines, rules and regulations.
HOW THE SITE WORKS
< Your Role > Video tutorials and what your responsible for.
< Rating > The process, public, positive feedback only.
< Expectations > Different levels of commitment = different hourly commitments.
< Training Tutorial > Mandatory, clear message of what the organization wants to achieve, program rules, and regulations.
< Who can get involved? > Mentors must be LinkedIn members. If your apart of the local or global communities you can get involved by creating paid for jobs to post on the Job Board or provid spaces for group projects to take place. Teachers, Social workers and parents can also help by promoting the ITAV to their students in need.
FOR THE MENTOR -
< Create Profile > Connect your LinkedIn profile. Include your interests, expertise, and experience along with specific areas you would like to mentor in. Fill out a questionnaire to help select and match you to your Protege.
< Choose level of Involvement / hourly commitment >
FOR THE PROTEGE
< Create Profile > Include your goals, interests, current projects, age and skill level. Also include specific areas you would like to focus on in addition to what you are looking for or hope to achieve. Fill out a questionnaire to help select and match you to your Mentor.
< Choose level of Involvement / hourly commitment >
THE COMMUNITY - you can be apart of "It takes a Village without becoming a mentor but provide support through jobs, project space, or by helping direct youth to the program.
< Businesses > Provide jobs.
< Universities > College prep.
< Social workers, Teachers, Therapists, & Residence > Provide space for group projects or connecting youths to the program.
SUSTAINING OUR VILLAGE W/ INCENTIVE - Shows in your profile. 3 Stages w/ skills and advantages to graduate and excel in.
< Stage 1 > - Getting Started Build your profile, connect to mentors and create your skill set. 8 skills, 4 that are chosen and 4 that you choose.
< Stage 2 > Apply and Repeat Apply to paid for positions through local or global businesses and also your local community. Create and conquer a new skill set(s).
< Stage 3 > Sustain and Deliver - Protege becomes the Mentor.
<Video or Written Tutorials>
<Open Forums> Created by proteges to connect to each other and share experiences.