36 GPA participants are graduating on June 10 and the Alumni Association is hosting a 10-week summer mentoring rotation. The first few weeks home are the most pivotal for graduates as they navigate the transition home to family, prepare for school or work, and reconnect to the community. By connecting each graduate to an alumni, the AA wants to help empower this year's graduates to confidently apply the lessons they've learned and take their next steps forward!
Each of the 10 weeks will focus on a different theme, guiding graduates to reflect on their experience and integrate their lessons. We're looking for mentors who are 3+ years out of their own STF/GPA experience!
During their conclusion workshop this year, June 1-10, GPA graduates will:
- Receive guidance highlighting the importance of creating a supportive network around them and hear about the mentoring resource the AA is excited to offer.
- Be asked to set goals for their first few months home, as well as clearly articulate their goals and desired outcomes for the mentoring rotation (how they'd like to be supported, kept accountable, etc).
- Be connected to their mentor during the latter part of their conclusion workshop so they'll be ready to go come their first week home, June 11.
If you would like to be part of creating a community to support our younger brothers and sisters and share with them the lessons we've learned we invite you to apply!
Applications close may 29th!
What is the Mentoring Partnership?
The Mentoring Partnership, started in the fall of 2016, is partnership between the Alumni Association, CARP, and National Youth Ministry to create a network of support between younger and older brothers and sisters. We just concluded our Spring Rotation!
Each organization supports a slightly different audience and centers on various educational themes:
The Alumni Association:
- Connect more seasoned alumni to more recent graduates of GPA
- Centers around continuing to nurture lives of faith, apply lessons learned on GPA, and find accountability for building healthy habits
- Connect college graduates or upperclassmen with current college students
- Centers around discovery and application of Unification Principles
- Connects college students and young professionals with current high school juniors or seniors
- Centers around the five principles of youth ministry (connect, empower, inspire, contribute, expand) in the context of a personal spiritual life.
why become a mentor?
More than anything, grads have expressed wanting to connect to their older brothers and sisters, receive advice, hear about your experiences, and know what helped you in making a healthy transition. And there are perks!
Refresh your lessons and experiences.
All that we’re given and taught isn’t just for us, but was given in the trust that we’d share it with others. Being a few years ahead and having walked down similar paths to what your mentee is currently navigating, this is a meaningful opportunity to share your lessons and give advice that can make such a difference in someone’s life.
The joy of helping someone!
It’s an awesome feeling to know that lending an ear and being there for your mentee is an incredible source of confidence and encouragement for them.
When you share you’re kept accountable!
Helping someone focus on their goals and growing is often a healthy reminder and encouragement to focus on doing the same in your own life! And you can grow together.
Be a part of creating a thriving and supportive culture!
WE are our community! It’s not perfect, but it’s growing and this is one meaningful way to contribute.
why become a mentee?
A key role in making a healthy "thriving" transition from GPA is to take the initiative to reach out for help and support! Sometimes it takes a bit of courage (and a dash of humility and commitment) but it’s well worth it! What are some of the benefits of finding a mentor, you ask?
FIND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE AREAS IN LIFE THAT MATTER TO YOU.
If you’re a recent graduate, you’ve just spent one, two, maybe three years on GPA building the foundations for a life of faith, exploring your relationship with God, True Parents, yourself, your family, and your future. As with any area of life you want to excel in, finding someone to keep you accountable to goals and continuing to grow can be super helpful!
Gain insights from someone else’s experiences.
You are probably not the first person in your situation. Nor will you be the last. There are many who have gone ahead of you and navigated the transitions of a life of faith, college, work, and relationships after STF/GPA and have a lot to offer from what they've learned!
You are part of a HUGE network of support!
We’ve teamed up with some awesome people and organizations to provide quality content, support, and resources. You're not alone!
To be a mentor
- 3+ years graduated
- Committed to provide a safe, supportive, and enriching elder/younger brother/sister relationship that supports a Principled lifestyle:
- A healthy and holistic (mental, emotional, spiritual, physical) lifestyle
- Commitment towards discovery and growth in their lives of faith
- A life of sexual integrity towards marriage and the Blessing
- Participate in a 1-hour intro webinar at the beginning of the rotation
How it works
Three annual rotations
- Spring 2017 - January 22 - April 29 (14 weeks)
- Summer 2017 - June 11 – August 19 (10 weeks)
- Fall 2017 - September 3 – December 2 (13 weeks)
- Week 1: Introductions
- Week 2 – 6: Themes based on track
- Week 7: Mid-rotation check in
- Week 8-12: Themes based on track
- Week 13: Wrap up and acknowledgements
- Receive a weekly email with a theme, related quotes, questions, and an application step
- 30-minute call or in-person meeting
- Discuss themes of faith, family, relationships, school, career, etc.
The Alumni Association hosts the “Healthy Habits of a Life of Faith” track:
- Have an intentional space to talk about faith.
- Find support and encouragement on applying what you learned on GPA to life after.
- Be held accountable for your goals.
Topics include prayer, God's word, reflection, friends of faith, value, purpose, reporting, gratitude, etc.
- Want be a mentor? Or find a mentor? Apply above!
- Have someone you’re already mentoring or being mentored by? Consider joining a rotation and pick a track together!
- Know someone who would be a great mentor? Someone who could use a mentor? Spread the love and share this opportunity with them!
- Believe this is an effort worth supporting? Consider making a donation!
- If this rotation doesn’t quite work for you this time around, feel free to keep this opportunity in mind and enroll in future rotations. Let us know if you want us to contact you!
“This brought back a lot of what it was like being on STF and my own journey to translate my experience into my life and relationships with other people. It’s helped me to value my experiences [on STF] more; and I’m happy that I have something to offer to others. I feel I have a lot to share and a lot of experiences, but I don’t always have an audience and someone looking to learn and gain from them.” – Adonia Hentrich, STF 2003-2007, Mentor
“I'm experiencing that when I’m consistent with doing some sort of spiritually nourishing thing every day, my days just feel better, more clear, and more intentional and it's easier to think about how God is working in my life or be able to appreciate the things in my life that He’s given me. I’m reminded of how impactful a condition can be.” - Mentee
“It’s my only interaction with the church each week [since my school is far from the community]. I like how every week we make small action steps to keep each other accountable…[My mentor] fits the category of older brother really well. He got blessed at a young age, is part of the younger Unificationist community, really loving toward his wife, is having a family – the American dream of a Unificationist. And it’s really nice to see that he’s supporting his community. He’s a really good role model through the way he lives his life. And I could tell that he’s living a good life by the way he talks and the way he’s caring for me. I could tell his character and the virtues he holds that are really guiding him. I’m really lucky to have him as a mentor.” – Khory Wagner, GPA 2012-2013, Mentee
“It’s been really beneficial. My mentor and I started on our own before the program. Comparing it then and now I feel it’s more structured now, with the guidelines it helps us on a direct path – it’s leading up to something. There’s something designated to focus on, especially with the faith habits.” – Sarah Rendel, GPA 2015-2016, Mentee
“I like sharing. It gives me hope when there's more people thinking about God and True Parents.” - Mentor
This has helped me be a little more actively consistent in my life of faith and look for moments I can learn from in my daily life. - Mentor