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Mentorship for youth in the forest and conservation sector

  •  I was really surprised at how well the matching software worked… It was very interesting to see how much we shared in common—not just academically, but personality-wise. 

    Andrew de Vries (Mentor), Tolko Industries Ltd.
  •  The mentorship relationship felt more organic and allowed for a more human connection than typical professional interactions you have when you’re networking or reaching out to someone in the industry. 

    Vicky Papuga (Mentee)
  •  My mentorship match from PLT Canada was a great fit and we quickly bonded, sharing perspectives on a wide variety of topics such as LinkedIn networking, progressing through your career, situational leadership & awareness and even how to dress for different professional events. I’m grateful to the program for connecting me with such a bright and ambitious young woman. 

    Christine Leduc (Mentor), EACOM
  •  My mentee is a passionate woman who became a source of motivation for myself during our calls and beyond… She reminds me of some of my past experiences that were decisive in becoming who I am nowadays, and has helped shed light on some of my own reflections. 

    Étienne Vézina (Mentor), Resolute FP
  •  My experience as a PLT Canada mentor has been very fulfilling… It has been nice to feel that my knowledge and past experiences can help to contribute to the growth and development of my mentee. We have had a lot of great conversations around personal and professional aspirations, from which I feel I have equally benefited.  

    Elyse Guzek (Mentor), BC Parks
  •  Being matched with someone also in my field gave me the opportunity to still be a part of and discuss the industry in depth, which really made a world of difference as I navigated my future goals and aspirations… I’m quite confident I have built a relationship that I can continue far into my career. 

    Alexandra Lalande (Mentee)
  •  This program has allowed me to open my connections and speak with someone who will benefit my career, social life, and overall future. I am very lucky to be able to say that I have a mentor and that we met through a program designed to create amazing connections. 

    Catherine Langille (Mentee)

Project Learning Tree Canada’s mentorship program connects youth (ages 18-30) with Green Jobs professionals. #MyGreenMentor helps create a highly valuable relationship, where the mentee expands their forest and conservation knowledge, goals and network and the mentor fosters the next generation of leaders, shares advice and gains a new perspective.

Mentorship is a supportive relationship between an experienced professional (the mentor) and someone newer to the field (the mentee). The mentor shares advice and their experiences so that the mentee can learn more about the workforce. But the mentor also learns from the mentee, as they have a fresh perspective of the field.

Our Green Jobs mentorship program is powered by an industry-leading platform and algorithm that matches people based on their personalities, goals, interests and more. This helps ensure that our mentor-mentee pairs build successful, productive and trusting relationships.

Together, pairs work on goals to challenge and help each other grow. And PLT Canada helps nurture the mentorship relationships with communication tips, networking advice and problem-solving tools.

Do you want to expand your Green Jobs knowledge, goals and network?

Become a mentee

Do you want to inspire the next generation of forest and conservation leaders and gain a new perspective?

Become a mentor

Mentee-driven, mentor-guided concept

We believe good mentorship programs are mentee-driven and mentor-guided. After receiving feedback from our network of youth and industry professionals, we decided to create six-month matches. This short time commitment allows for flexibility and multiple mentorship opportunities a year.

Why should you be a Green Jobs mentee?

PLT Canada mentees get the chance to build meaningful connections with professionals in forestry and conservation and learn more about Green Job opportunities.

  1. Build confidence
    Learn new things and discover abilities you didn’t know you had.
  2. Network
    Meet forest and conservation professionals who can help you overcome employment barriers.
  3. Develop green career pathways
    Participate in short- and long-term goal setting exercises and gain insight on future job requirements.
  4. Increase your employability
    Learn new technical skills and soft skills like time management, communication, problem solving and more.
  5. Have a say
    Help keep the sector energized and moving in a positive direction with your new perspectives.

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Why should you be a Green Jobs mentor?

Our mentors say that they have gained just as much as their mentee from their relationships. By committing 2-3 hours a month, you can make a difference in a young person’s career and help your sector.

  1. Foster your sector’s growth
    Promote the benefits of forestry and conservation and attract innovative and skilled youth to your field.
  2. Share knowledge
    Nurture a young person’s career development by sharing your wisdom, skills and experiences.
  3. Enhance your career growth
    Practice leadership, communication and coaching skills that you can apply at work as well.
  4. Recruit employees
    Gain free access to an impressive pool of eager candidates looking to enter the Green Jobs sector.
  5. Gain new perspectives
    See your sector in new and exciting ways through a young person’s fresh outlook.

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For more information on PLT Canada’s #MyGreenMentor Program, contact us at pltcanada@forests.org

Funded by the government of CanadaFinancé par le gouvernement du Canada

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