Boost for Cape Cod Young Professionals mentoring program
By ROBERT GOLD
June 19, 2014 2:00 AM
HYANNIS — Cape Cod Young Professionals is starting a professional mentoring program — and is getting some help to get it up and running.
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a public agency that receives funding from the state, awarded $50,000 to the Cape organization.
Gregory Bialecki, the state's Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, announced the grant Wednesday at the CCYP's annual community breakfast.
"We know you will be putting it to good use," Bialecki said, lauding the organization for its recent Shape the Cape survey and other initiatives.
The year-long survey of Barnstable County residents was released this week. It was conducted by the Dukakis Center of Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.
Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed said they worked in their desired field, but only about a third said there were enough career or mentoring services.
Pat Larkin, director of the Massachusetts Innovation Institute at MassTech, said the amount of the grant was typical for awards by the agency. Larkin said it awards funds to organizations that are invested in their area.
"They have to have some skin in the game," Larkin said. "We have to see evidence of people making a commitment, investing their own ingenuity and insight (and their own funding)."
Anne Van Vleck, executive director of the CCYP, said the group is looking to create mentoring options for those looking to advance in their current jobs and industries, start their careers or transition into a new career.
"It's about anyone looking for some professional development support," she said.
The organization will be forming an advisory committee and will work with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and with business consultant Nancy Hardaway of Listening 2 Leaders. At Wednesday's breakfast, Van Vleck encouraged those interested in mentoring or being mentored to leave contact information with the CCYP.
Hardaway has helped the CCYP for several years, Van Vleck said.
Hardaway said the CCYP is exploring a host of options, including small-group mentoring options, one-on-one help and other initiatives, with a goal of solidifying its plans by September.
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