Chamber launches Youth Mentorship Program

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is launching a new innovative mentorship program aimed at giving young entrepreneurs a head start.

The Youth Mentorship Program is aimed at youth aged 18 to 25 looking for guidance from established business people with experience and expertise. Youth mentees can be high school and university students from the Tri-Cities while the mentors are all business professionals and members of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

“Young entrepreneurs face so many challenges today. We can help shape the future of our community by giving a young business person tools and insight into how to be successful,” said Rick Pasin, a Chamber director and chair of the Youth Entrepreneurial Committee.

The program focuses on four key areas – mentorship, leadership, volunteering and networking. Mentors and mentees are expected to make a three-month commitment and meet several times so the mentor can provide guidance and set goals. In many situations, the two attend business events together so the mentor can help the mentee establish a network and promote themselves.

“Our Chamber Mentorship Program is a great way for our business community and our mentors to give back to the next generation of young business and entrepreneurs,” said Davide Fantillo, chair of the Tri-City Chamber.

“Our members that have been part of this mentorship program have continually told me what a great experience it has been for them to give back to our young entrepreneurs and that they gained so much by doing this.”

• Mentors and mentees can find out more information about the program or apply online at www.tricitieschamber.com/pages/Youth. The deadline for Applications is Sept. 14.

BACKGROUNDER
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

CONTACT:
Michael Hind 
Executive Director 
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
604-464-2716