About The Green Mentor Program
PLT’s 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.
Please note this program is only available to those living in the United States.
- Time commitment: 2–3 hours per month from February 2023–July 2023
- 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
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.
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.
What past mentees and mentors are saying
In 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
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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