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Announcing the PAC Mentoring Program

In keeping with the Paris American Club’s mission to promote friendship between French and American citizens through social and cultural events, the club is offering a voluntary Mentoring Program for its members. Oriented towards personal, professional, and social development within a one-on-one relationship, it is an effective way to strengthen friendships and develop the best practices of French and American cultures, while at the same time, providing a unique benefit of club membership.

Mentoring Defined

  • A mentor is someone who can provide advice, guidance, feedback, and support to assist in your self-development.
  • A mentor will challenge many aspects of your life, including, but not limited to, your career, relationships, goals, life plans, motivation, spirituality, and health.
  • The mentoring program requires a sincere motivation to share your personal thoughts. Be open-minded and have faith in the program!
  • Last but not the least, you need to give it your personal commitment, energy and enthusiasm to make it work.

The Paris American Club’s members, who are approximately half American and half French, represent a wealth of life experiences across a broad range of industries and fields, per the chart below.

Your Role as Mentor:

  • The main objectives of the mentor are to help develop the individual’s ideas, plans, capabilities, growth potential, judgement and, ultimately, wisdom.

  • An important characteristic in a mentor is to listen and listen some more…
  • Mentors need to help mentees structure “how to solve their issues” versus providing “what the solutions may be.”
  • Mentors are expected to care about the person as a whole – not just as a member of the Paris American Club.

Your Role as Mentee:

  • Mentees need to feel comfortable talking about their personal issues with their mentor.
  • A mentee should do his or her best to share as many details as possible about significant challenges, thinking, plans, and struggles.
  • Mentees should be responsible enough to take care of the organizational aspects of the relationship, e.g. setting up and confirming meetings, taking notes, etc.

Procedure

  • Prospective mentee downloads application from the website, completes and returns to the mentoring committee at info@parisamericanclub.org.
  • Mentee peruses on-line Membership Directory for possible industry related mentors and advises committee.
  • Mentoring committee reviews application and peruses on-line Membership Directory and personal knowledge of senior members for possible match.
  • Committee contacts potential mentor, exchanges information on the mentee and schedules first meeting.

Follow-up and Evaluation 

  • At three-month point, mentor and mentee complete preliminary evaluation (to be developed) with suggestions for moving forward.
  • At six-month completion period, mentor and mentee complete final evaluation (to be developed).
  • Satisfaction measurements are maintained and anonymously posted on the website.

Benefits of Mentoring

Mentors benefit by learning about the issues facing the younger generation today and the current issues with their industry. Mentees gain invaluable life experience from our seasoned professionals. All program participants develop deeper personal relationships across generations, cultures and languages. The club wins by offering a unique benefit to its members.