men·tor, noun \ˈmen-ˌtȯr, -tər\
- An industry professional
- An expert who can provide advice, guidance and practical wisdom to Fellows
- A role model with 1-2 hours to spare each week
Mentors are a core island of stability in the Fellows' experiences. Mentors commit to meeting (in person or by phone/web conference) a Fellow over the course of the program's six weeks to serve as a role model and provide practical advice and wisdom as these social entrepreneurs seek to launch their ventures. Mentors are in no way committed to supporting the project by any means other than their advice and wisdom -- just their very presence and listening ear helps provide Fellows support and guidance along the way. The commitment is 1-2 hours every week.
Hear what some of our past Mentors have to say:
"It’s impressive to see people who are doing things outside of the norm of business to build and grow new organizations. There are many resources available for people starting for-profit businesses in the mainstream, but that’s not the case for entrepreneurs in the nonprofit world. I’ve been involved in helping other social entrepreneurs before, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in a Jewish context." -Scott Yaphe - General Partner, ABS Ventures
"I found my mentoring experience with PresenTense to be both unique and enriching for me personally. Having counseled numerous young professionals and veteran colleagues, generally on an individual basis, I was not sure what to expect. Knowing already of the achievements of PresenTense organizationally, I learned that their careful selection of Fellows plus the nature of PT as a nurturing and supportive setting for the Fellows and their projects, provided a special and highly productive environment for a successful mentoring process." -Howard Weisband- JCPA Fellows Jerusalem