While mentoring is hugely impactful for women who are starting their careers, there are some problems mentoring cannot solve. What happens if a mentee’s car breaks down and she can’t get to work or school? What if a mentee starts a new job and needs to pay for professional clothes? How can mentees prioritize professional development when faced with financial road-blocks that stand in their way?
Pass the Torch for Women Foundation is establishing a need-based fund to help provide a safety net for mentees and allow them to stay focused on their goals. As we raise money, we are also featuring one mentee per week to show you the kinds of inspiring women this mentee fund would help support.
Ingrid Arreola is this week’s mentee feature. Ingrid joined the Developing Professional community earlier this year, and is already a hugely committed and involved member of the Pass the Torch community. She works as a data analyst, and hopes to work for a company where she can feel she’s making an impact on society.
Ingrid is the first member of her family to be navigating a lot of the challenges associated with developing a professional career. Because of this, she lacked the advice and guidance that a lot of young women have as they navigate college and starting a career. Luckily, she has found a strong sense of community through her Developing Professional peers, and regularly meets up with other women in the program to discuss what is happening in their lives.
We need your help to make the need-based mentee fund a reality. Through our Todah campaign, no donor needs to give more than $350 for our goal to be met. Whether you can donate $3 or $300, your donation will make a big impact.