Guide Their Journey. Transform Our City.


Engage + Guide

You know firsthand how intimidating and grueling it can be to navigate the technology or healthcare industries. And having gone through it before, you're now in a position to lend a helping hand to another in need. Welcome! The ELM program can help you make a difference as you mentor an aspiring professional and help Portland companies better reflect the diversity of our community.



Why Become a Mentor?

  • To serve as a role model to aspiring professionals in the technology or healthcare industries

  • To influence the career growth of diverse job seekers with barriers to employment

  • To impact the diversity of the workforce in our community

The Ideal Mentor Candidate

  • Has at least one year of professional work experience in one of the following technology or healthcare positions:

    • Technology
      Software Developer/Engineer, Software/IT Leadership and/or Product Support, IT Infrastructure, Database Admin, Front-End Developer, UI/UX Design

    • Healthcare
      Nursing, Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Office/Admin, Operating Room Tech, Pharmacy Tech, Dental

  • Has a desire to impact the diversity of the local workforce

  • Is able to commit to monthly meetings with a mentee over a 12-month period

  • Is comfortable building trusting relationships with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Can relate to and empathize with challenges mentees might face within their industry

LENGTH: Most mentoring relationships last about one year

TIME COMMITMENT: 1–2 hours per month

TRAINING: Mentors and mentees receive training before the mentoring relationship begins

COST: No cost to participants (this program is sponsored by Worksystems and Portland Leadership Foundation)



Next Steps for Mentors

Submit an application

Schedule a phone call to discuss next steps

Complete a background check

Attend training

Get matched with a mentee

Schedule your first meeting:
Get to know your mentee
- Share a little about yourself
- Review the Career Mentoring Code of Conduct together
- Create a communication and meeting plan

Meet once a month for 6–12 months