Level I Mentoring Program

This is a Venn diagram of interlocking colored circles showing the benefits of the mentoring program which is also spelled out in the text. Applications are open once a year. Keep an eye out for Informational Meeting Sessions, usually held every February.


To provide professional development and learning opportunities that will allow participants to develop competencies and skills


  • Below GS/WG-9 Grade Levels
  • Voluntary
  • Participation not limited
  • 1 year commitment
  • You obtain your mentor(s)
  • Length of relationship-flexible

The program is not a guarantee for promotion, vacation from job or replacement of supervisor.   

What is Mentoring?

  • One person facilitates the development of another by sharing known resources, expertise, values, skills, perspectives, attitudes and proficiencies
  • Mentoring is an opportunity for personal enhancement
  • It allows the learner to build skills and knowledge while attaining goals for career development

Situational Mentoring

  • Short-lived
  • Happens for a specific purpose
    • Informational Interview
    • Helps with a special project
    • Shadowing

What is Self-Development?

  • Observing yourself "objectively"
  • Reflecting on what you observe
  • Determining exactly what you need to overcome your developmental challenges (learning curves)

Keys to Self-Development

  • Be Self-Disciplined and Focused
  • Design yourself a support group
  • Be responsible and honest
  • Utilize Resources: peers, parents and siblings, co-workers, biographies, materials and media, and field experiences

Suggested Monthly Meeting Modules

subject to change

  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Stress Management
  • How to Become Politically Savvy
  • Conducting Effective Meetings
  • Speed Networking
  • Special Emphasis Overview
  • Council Overview
  • Behavior Based Interviewing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Political Savvy
  • LDA, EAP, Toastmasters and MWR sessions