Sisters Project

(07) 3735 3798

sistersinbusiness@griffith.edu.au

Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University

Room 1.55, Macrossan Building N16

170 Kessels Road

Nathan QLD 4111

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Information for Mentors

We are looking for mentors who are running their own small business successfully, who would like to give back and volunteer their time to support and mentor these highly motivated vulnerable women to find a pathway out of poverty. While this will give mentors an opportunity for career development, it is an opportunity for women to upskill themselves and become more confident. 

“We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give.”

 

Winston Churchill

What do our Mentors do?

  • Assist with the goal/objective of building Sisters’ self-efficacy, through focusing on short-term and long-term goals. 

  • Help Sisters with business planning (marketing and promotional planning, financial management and planning) and general administration.

  • Help the Sisters to develop skills, network contacts, and access resources needed to operate a successful micro-enterprise

  • Spend one hour engaging with the Sisters. (Timing is to be negotiated between Mentor and Sisters and agreed with the project team).

  • Be responsive within a reasonable time period when your Sisters contacts you.

  • Help Sisters clarify their business goals and objectives without judgement.

  • Identify any issues early on and actively support the Sisters to continuously move towards their goals and objectives.

  • Challenge assumptions and current practices to build Sisters self-reliance and independence.

Selecting Sisters to work with

 

  • Mentors will be asked to attend a short training session to understand the research project, its goals and objectives and expectations on Mentors.

  • Mentors will receive information regarding the Sisters’ business interest and what support they are looking for.

  • Interested Mentors will write back and confirm their interest in mentoring the Sisters.

  • Mentors attend the meeting event with the Sisters. This is an opportunity for the Mentor to meet the groups of Sisters.

  • Mentors will be given the opportunity to accept or decline a request from Sisters. If they accept, contact information is emailed to all parties.

  • We will support the Sisters to initiate contact with their Mentors once the match is made via an introductory email. The project team will provide Mentors with detailed information regarding the women as per their consent.

  • men to improve their situation  

  • Involvement in a unique research opportunity   

  • Travel expenses and pre-approved costs will be covered by the project. These should be submitted to the project team for payment   

  • Project research will lead to shared success stories and learnings that will be available for the mentors  

  • Mentor workshops and seminars as part of the project  

  • A Certificate of Appreciation and involvement will be given to each mentor. 

Benefits for Mentors

  • Building on the Mentor’s network by meeting with other Mentors in the program   

  • Professional development for the Mentors that will support other business opportunities   

  • Helping vulnerable women to improve their situation  

  • Involvement in a unique research opportunity   

  • Travel expenses and pre-approved costs will be covered by the project. These should be submitted to the project team for payment   

  • Project research will lead to shared success stories and learnings that will be available for the mentors  

  • Mentor workshops and seminars as part of the project  

  • A Certificate of Appreciation and involvement will be given to each mentor. 

If you would like to apply to be a Mentor, please click here.