Facebook Introduces Mentorship Connecting People And Mentors Worldwide
September 21, 2018
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More than 1 billion people are active users of Facebook, from which almost 200 million people have liked one or more page(s) that they consider important. Many users create, develop, and run pages within their communities and spread awareness on topics that matter to them. In the hope to help people worldwide, Facebook has introduced Mentorship to all Facebook groups so that people who want to achieve their goals can connect to other people of the same community who have similar experience and essential information that can help.
Mentorship was introduced in 2017, with the aim to connect people in the existing communities and get a one-to-one support with the help of a guided program. For instance, Mama Dragons is a leading community page on Facebook where they are supporting and empowering mothers with LGBTIA children. They are helping each other throughout the journey of raising a transgender child. Another instance is where a woman was paired with a mentor to develop her soap making hobby into a business.
Mentorship is available for several groups of people who focus on parenting, professional, and personal development.
Take a look at how it works:
Group admins are supposed to create a mentorship program
Admins can choose from a variety of topics and templates that are available for the page. Some of them include success advancement, skill development, or even encouragement and support. Select a template that fits best with your community needs.
People who sign up are matched with their mentor/mentee
Interested people can sign up to be a mentor or mentee. Once this is done, the group admins will pair people together depending on their target goals and achievements.
Pairs will be introduced
The pairs can get to know each other and work through the program with the help of the given guidelines and steps. This one-on-one mentorship program allows people to share and comment on posts as they communicate on the Messenger app.
Mentors and mentees are guided weekly
As the pairs progress in the guided program, they can check in with each other every week.
Mentorship is built on the grounds of privacy where Facebook has taken the highest safety measures to ensure that the conversations are visible only between a mentor and mentee. People are allowed to report relevant issues to Facebook and they also have access to the same reporting and blocking that are featured elsewhere on Facebook. However, Mentorship is available for people who are 18 years and older.
Facebook aims to build advanced tools that will help to get the support that they need. For now, there is no payment procedure required to sign up for Mentorship. “People are doing this out of the spirit of volunteering” claims Gabriel Cohen, product manager of Mentorship.