Our mentor program for the 2019-2020 school year/season will start again in August of 2019.
The idea behind our Mentor Program is to provide positive role models for younger femxles in debate in order to decrease the number of femxles dropping out of Public Forum, or even debate as a whole. Because many teams have large disparities between the number of femxles competing and the number of males competing, this program will give womxn across the nation access to positive role models to help them progress as debaters and offer them the support that they might not have on their teams. The bottom line is that debate is a lot more fun with friends, and we aspire to help womxn connect with each other.
Note: This is not a free coaching service. The primary purpose is to create a support system for womxn in debate. If specific mentees want help with drills, case edits, or any other debate skills, we will do our best to provide them a mentor who meets those needs.
Who can be mentors?
Mentors are womxn who are somewhere between sophomore year of high school and senior year of college, who have at least one year of experience in Public Forum and have broken at a tournament. Mentors MUST be able to commit to messaging their mentee at least once a week and calling (video – calling recommended) their mentee at least once a month. If we feel a mentor applicant is not ready to be a mentor, we may suggest for them to participate as a mentee for one cycle of the program before becoming a mentor. *We will still evaluate applications of femxles who are outside of the age perimeters, but will not tolerate any falsification of information on this section of the application.
What do mentors do?
The mentor’s role is to provide support for her mentee from advising her in debate matters, to helping choose outfits before tournaments, to checking up on her between rounds at a tournament. While mentors are not required to provide coaching, they can teach or facilitate practices with their mentee if they choose.
Who can be a mentee?
Absolutely anyone can be a mentee as long as we can find a mentor for them! Mentors will be more experienced than their mentee, and are tailored to the specific goals of the mentee (ex: if a mentee wants to do well at national circuit tournaments, we will pair them with someone who has experienced that).
How does the program work?
Mentors and mentees will be paired up by Beyond Resolved. We will ask mentors and mentees to send in monthly progress reports so we can make sure all is running smoothly, and will always be available to troubleshoot issues. Periodically, we will have group calls with multiple partnerships to check in.
How are mentors and mentees paired up?
We will use a survey down below to pair up mentors and mentees. The perfection of the match obviously depends on the pool of applicants, but we will try our best to set up mentees with mentors that fit their specific needs!