New Sector is grateful for our many volunteers, who provide meaningful support to the early career professionals (Fellows) in our programs. Opportunities to volunteer include providing one-to-one mentorship for an average of an hour per week or leading a 2-3 hour training session. In 2014, volunteers donated over 2,500 hours to New Sector programs. This professional development allows our Fellows to complete more meaningful service projects to community organizations while preparing them for their careers.

To start volunteering, please complete this Interest Form, email info@newsector.org, or reach out to a local staff member.

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“I continue to volunteer and lead trainings for New Sector because it allows me to engage with the next generation of social leaders. I’ve benefited more from engaging with Fellows and New Sector staff than I could ever return through volunteering or writing a check.”
- Eileen Yang, Global Engagement Programs, LinkedIn

Volunteer opportunities include:

Mentor a Fellow: The 1:1 Mentor-Fellow relationship is a critically valuable element of New Sector’s program model.  Mentors are matched with Fellows from our 11-month (September-July) RISE Program or our 11-week Summer Fellowship.  Mentors offer weekly support to Fellows in areas such as:

  • Work planning
  • Structuring and delivering presentations
  • Maximizing use of Excel, PowerPoint, Salesforce and other tools
  • Navigating the workplace effectively
  • Job seeking and career management skills such as networking, resumes, and interviews

 

Train our Fellows: Trainers facilitate one-off sessions to our Fellows, bringing expertise on topics including:

  • Project Management
  • Career Planning Tools (e.g. Resume Writing)
  • Change Management
  • Nonprofit Finance
  • Fundraising and Resource Development

Thank you for considering serving as a Mentor to one of our Fellows; we have seen how meaningful the relationship can be for each Fellow’s professional development. Our Mentors are skilled professionals from a range of industries, including consulting, direct service and intermediary nonprofits, technology, philanthropy, and beyond. Mentors typically have 3-25 years of professional experience, and are matched with Fellows based on goals, areas of expertise, and other factors as requested by Mentors and Fellows. To start volunteering, please complete this Interest Form, email info@newsector.org, or reach out to a local staff member.

Benefits of Mentorship

  • Make a meaningful difference: Volunteers bring skills and experiences that directly support Fellows’ projects for community organizations, which translates to stronger community services.
  • Contribute to future social sector leadership: You will help early career professionals develop their skills, resources, and pathways toward long-term careers in social impact.
  • Join the New Sector network: You will become part of a network of public, private, and nonprofit professionals committed to strengthening the social sector.

How Mentorship Works

Mentors support Fellows through in-person and virtual communication in these areas and others:

  • Project-specific support: Mentors bring expertise to help Fellows develop workplans for projects designed for organizational impact.
  • Professional skills development: Mentors guide Fellows on developing skills such as effectively navigating the workplace and accepting constructive feedback.
  • Career planning: Mentors serve as coaches to Fellows by supporting resume and cover letter reviews, interview practice, and networking endeavors.

Mentor Commitments

  • Mentors check-in with Fellows on a weekly basis for an hour to provide support, throughout our 11 month RISE Fellowship or 3 month Summer Fellowship.
  • New Sector is committed to ensuring that Mentors have a positive, meaningful experience.  New Sector provides orientation and ongoing support to Mentors, and encourages Mentors to expand their networks through the volunteer experience.
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“I continue to volunteer and lead trainings for New Sector because it allows me to engage with the next generation of social leaders. I’ve benefited more from engaging with Fellows and New Sector staff than I could ever return through volunteering or writing a check.”
- Eileen Yang (New Sector Trainer) - LinkedIn, Global Engagement Programs

Professionals from the following organizations, and more, are currently serving as Mentors:

Thank you for considering leading a training session for a cohort of Fellows.  New Sector Fellows are selected based on their skills, commitment to the social sector, and interest in learning, and come together for training sessions with their cohorts (approximately 25 Fellows). Trainers may bring presentation materials or deliver content developed by New Sector on a range of topics relevant to meaningful professional development for social sector professionals. To start volunteering, please complete this Interest Form, email info@newsector.org, or reach out to a local staff member.

How we Work with Trainers

The expertise and engagement of each of our Trainers make our workshops unique, and the range of Trainers who support our programs offer Fellows a breadth of knowledge as well as information about professional pathways.  We collaborate with each Trainer to:

  • Determine a session that fits within New Sector’s curriculum or brings new insights or trends.
  • Structure the session, minimizing Trainer preparation time.
  • Select materials for the session; New Sector has materials for each session in our curriculum, or Trainers may opt to bring their own materials in support of agreed-upon objectives.

Training Topics

Trainers volunteer on a one-time-basis and facilitate 2-3 hour training sessions from our curriculum or topics based on their expertise. Selected topics include:

  • Project Management
  • Career Planning Tools (e.g. Resume Writing)
  • Change Management
  • Organizational Strategy
  • Nonprofit Finance
  • Fundraising and Resource Development