SFI/PLT Canada Green Mentor Program


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Apply to the SFI/PLT Canada 2024 Green Mentor cohort

SFI and PLT Canada are accepting applications on a rolling basis for mentees and mentors living in the U.S. and Canada. The three-month cohort starts at the end of August and ends at the end of November.

  • Time commitment: 2–3 hours per month from August 2024 – November 2024
  • Benefits: Grow your network, gain new perspectives, develop soft skills, and more!
  • Mentor eligibility: 3+ years of professional experience within any operation in the forest and conservation sector
  • Cost: Free

The SFI/PLT Canada Green Mentor program connects young adults with forest and conservation professionals. It involves meeting (in person or virtually) two or three hours a month. Mentees can expand their Green Jobs knowledge, goals, and network. Mentors can inspire the next generation of leaders, recruit employees, and gain new perspectives.

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Why is mentorship important?

Mentorship is an important way to foster and inspire the next generation of forest and conservation leaders and build a diverse and resilient Green Jobs workforce. It can also help reduce barriers to landing a green job by providing access to insider tips, helping participants grow professional networks, and by increasing the confidence of mentees and mentors alike.

 “This experience has definitely helped shape me into a greater agent of change and given me more accountability in my life. I would like to express my gratitude to my mentor and everyone who is involved with this mentorship program.” quote by Kianna Bear-Hetherington green mentee

Why mentor?

Since launching in 2020, PLT Canada’s Green Mentor program has supported almost 500 participants. Past PLT Canada green mentors said that the top three skills they gained or improved during the program were communication, coaching, and empathy. Green mentees said their top three were confidence, networking, and communication.

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What past mentees and mentors are saying

driving diversity with mentorshipIn Spring 2022, Dr. Cathy Keeler was beginning to wrap up her Ph.D. in Integrative Public Policy and Development at Tuskegee University and looking for job opportunities. While browsing the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) website, she found Project Learning Tree (an initiative of SFI) and the Green Mentor program. June 22nd, 2023

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driving diversity with mentorship - finding your place in the green space

As a first-generation college student, Jah’Niya Myers continually faces a number of firsts. But when she was matched with her Project Learning Tree (PLT) green mentor, Lydia Kidane, PLT’s Education Programs Coordinator, she found someone who could relate. May 29th, 2023

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Ryan Brady standing in front of treesBuilding connections in your prospective field can be much easier said than done. And transitioning from a full-time student to a professional in…

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