The political field suffers from a lack of diversity on many levels, and mentorship is the first step to making a change. A mentor is simply an experienced and trusted adviser and can come in many forms. leading toget[her] is a place to find a mentor and to be a mentor. It is a group meant to consolidate resources and make them accessible to young women interested in politics. leading toget[her] is an inclusive, nonpartisan community of women interested in helping other women in their political endeavors. This could mean performing a civic duty, maintaining a mentor-mentee relationship, sharing networks to arrange informational interviews, or simply providing an extra bit of encouragement in the face of self-doubt. The role of mentors will be to assist mentees in finding and engaging in political opportunities so that they can gain experience leading to further political involvement.
By finding and collaborating in events and initiatives, mentors and mentees can bond over shared experiences and have the chance to form lifelong connections. Possible opportunities include activism through lobbying, demonstrations, volunteering at a phone bank, door knocking, marching in parades, registering to vote, assisting with a resume, expanding networks, or attending community meetings. Ultimately, the shared experience is up to the mentor and mentee to create.
In addition to providing connections, this group is meant to serve as a database of helpful materials and resources to getting your foot in the political door. It is a network of strong women looking to help you succeed. Those interested in mentoring should add their name and information to the mentor spreadsheet along with how they are willing to assist other members of the group. Those interested in receiving mentorship can then look at possible opportunities and reach out to a mentor with which they would like to connect. If you feel that you have something you can contribute, feel free to be both a mentor and a mentee. Every little bit helps.
To get involved or learn more about leading toget[her], reach out to Erin Nelsen at email@example.com, and remember we are all stronger together.