ICFP Youth Mentorship Program

Many of us have been lucky enough to have had a supervisor, coach, or teacher who has been a mentor and made a positive difference in our lives.

Our mentors have worn many hats, acting as advocates, cheerleaders, role models, delegators, policy enforcers and friends.

Are you ready to pass it on and have a hand in shaping the upcoming leaders of family planning?

The ICFP Youth Subcommittee and 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders are looking for mentors to guide youth conference delegates leading up to and during the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)!

This is a great opportunity to get to know youth in the field and equip them to overcome the challenges in their communities regarding access to contraception, SRHR, and family planning services, information and supplies. It’s also a great opportunity to learn from those younger than you; this is meant to be a two-way relationship, with learning happening on both sides. This year’s ICFP expects 300-500 impressive youth participants under the age of 26 who are dedicated to creating a world in which everyone has access to family planning.

What does it mean to be a mentor?

Before the conference (approx. 2 hour commitment):

  • Get to know your mentee(s) by having two conversations with them leading up to the conference. This can be over Skype, via a phone call or in person. Learn what they’re interested in and share your experiences with them!
  • ICFP can be overwhelming with multiple competing concurrent sessions, side events, and opportunities. Have a conversation with your mentee(s) about what they want to achieve during and after the conference, and help them create a schedule or a priorities list, or a set of SMART goals, to manage the many opportunities and events.

During the Youth Pre-conference and Main Conference (approx. 3 hour commitment):

  • Attend an introductory event, time TBD (before the Opening Plenary on November 14 at 4:30 pm) at the Youth Pre-Conference to meet your mentee(s) in person.
  • Examine the conference program and make strategic suggestions for youth mentee attendance at sessions of interest.
  • Attend a session or plenary together, share feedback and debrief afterwards.

Post Conference (approx. 2 hour commitment):

  • Provide feedback on post-conference plans and goals by having two conversations with your mentee(s) over the two months following the conference (December and January).
  • Provide feedback to mentorship organizing committee post ICFP, likely in the form of a survey, so that we can improve mentorship activities for future ICFPs.

Am I qualified to be a mentor?

To be a mentor, you must:

  • Be registered to attend ICFP (there is no financial support to attend the conference available for mentors)
  • Have 5+ years of professional experience
  • Be comfortable sharing your experiences, network, and knowledge
  • Feel open learning from your mentee — this is a mutual learning experience
  • Meet the time commitments detailed above before, during, and after the conference

How do I sign up?

More information coming Summer 2022.

Ready to apply? Click the button to the right: 

For questions about the application process, contact: youth@theicfp.org

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