Mentorship Programs connect groups of 6-8 Young Leader Group members with senior level real estate professionals who are ULI full members with experience on a ULI Product Council. The group generally has representation from members in different fields. The group meets 6-8 times over the course of the year. Each group decides the topics and locations for their meetings. One example of a Mentorship Program is the Regional Partnership Forum (rPF) which was developed by the ULI Triangle, ULI Charlotte and ULI South Carolina District Councils. Each rPF consists of seven to ten members from each of the participating regions. Each region is responsible for recruiting a local mentor and hosting one three hour meeting within their local District Council for all of the rPF groups.
A Mentorship or Partnership Forum provides an ongoing opportunity to share and discuss industry-specific topics with a group of peers and professionals. It is a good example of the networking benefits available through a ULI membership. This is a great way to engage full members in District Council activities and for members to give back to the profession and the community.
ROLE OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL
District Council Staff manage the application process and set up of the program. Most of the recruitment of mentors and operation is handled by the Young Leader coordinator and Lead Member Mentor. Once the group gets going they should be self-sufficient.
The size of each partnership forum varies. It can be one mentor serving 6-8 person groups. Some District Councils have as many as 10 mentors a year.
The Partnership Forum is a benefit for the Young Leader network. District Councils don’t charge a fee for participation. Costs for the program are minimal and should only include the cost of emailing or mailing the announcement. Some District Councils host a reception for all participants either as a kick-off to the program or as a closing celebration. Those events are typically sponsored or built into the District Council budget.
2 months to set up, then program runs throughout the year.