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YP CoNext at ASU

YP CoNext at ASU is a mentoring program originated from the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals (YP). In 2020, Arizona State University joined in collaboration as YP’s first university pilot. Together they seek to build intentional relationships between college students and young Black professionals. This program provides opportunities for personal growth, community connections, and psychosocial development--that enhances participants’ esteem and interpersonal skills--through mentoring partnerships that promote the transition from student to young Black professional. Mentors and program staff also offer on-going and special programming that highlight strategic leadership development, academic excellence, and career development.

Our Mission

To build a bridge between local college students and the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals (YP) to foster personal and professional development, around leadership, life skills and community service to aid in the transition from college students to high performing young professionals.

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YP CoNext Events

Boardwalk
April 16, 2022
Email conext@asu.edu for more information

Second Saturday Session: Global/Intercultural Fluency
May 14, 2022 - 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Hybrid - ZOOM and Room

Group Presentation and Awards Luncheon
June 11, 2022 - 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Hybrid - ZOOM and Room


Member Benefits

For Mentees

  • Networking, networking, networking!
  • Resume, cover letter review and development
  • Community Connections & Engagement 
  • Exclusive Partner Events
  • Regional or National Conference 
  • Scholarship Opportunities 
  • Personal and Leadership Development
  • Academic Support and Resources 
  • Protected Space that encourages authentic self 
  • Free YP Membership (if age requirement is met)

For Mentors

  • Networking, networking, networking!
  • Community Connections & Engagement 
  • Discounted Continuing Professional Education (CPE) through ASU 
  • Enhanced coaching, supervisory, leadership, and mentoring skills 
  • Discounted YP membership with YP benefits

2022-2023 Mentor and Mentee Application Information

Become a Mentee

Become a Mentee

  • Currently enrolled at ASU as an undergraduate student (e.g. Freshman through Senior)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Submit complete application
  • Attend required mentee orientation (TBD)
  • Commitment to FULL 10-month program participation (Fall/Spring)

Recruitment Timeline

  • Application Opens: Monday, March 28, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year
    • Cohort Model
    • No rolling admissions
  • Application Deadline: July 24th, 2022

Apply now

Become a Mentor

Become a Mentor

  • Must be 21 - 40 years old
  • A ten-month commitment (Fall/Spring)
  • 3-7 hours/month connecting with your mentee
  • Maintain a profile on ASU’s Mentor Network
  • Mentors must be a Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals member ($75/yr discounted rate)

Apply now


Mentor FAQ

What are the age requirements for being a mentor?

What are the age requirements for being a mentor?

Mentors must be young professionals between the ages of 21 - 40 years old.

What time commitment is necessary to be a mentor?

What time commitment is necessary to be a mentor?

Overall Time:

Mentors are asked to make the same ten-month commitment as mentees, which includes both Fall and Spring semesters and occasionally some dates during the summer.

1:1 Mentoring Time:

Mentors are asked to commit an AVERAGE of 3-7 hrs/month connecting 1:1 with their mentee

Are there any other commitments that mentors make to the program?

Are there any other commitments that mentors make to the program?

Yes! Mentors are required to maintain a profile on the ASU Mentor Network; instructions for signing up are provided during orientation.

Mentors (in partnership with mentees and program staff) are also required to support the development and implementation of service related activities such as participation in local MLK celebrations and YP’s Join Week!

Mentors are also required to join YP (see next FAQ for info)

Do I have to be a member of the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals?

Do I have to be a member of the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals?

Yes! If you are currently a YP member, GREAT! If not, then new YP members who join as mentors are eligible for a $75/yr discounted membership rate.

What if I am no longer able to commit to being a mentor?

What if I am no longer able to commit to being a mentor?

We understand that sometimes things change. Proactive communication is key; alerting us sooner rather than later about any limitations is REQUIRED. Here’s a few options if your capacity changes: 

  • For Active/Current program mentors: Contact the Mentor Coordinator (info provided during orientation) AND email the YP CoNext at ASU inbox alerting of us changes to your capacity.
  • For prospective mentors (i.e. pending application): Email the YP CoNext at ASU inbox alerting us of changes to your status. Please be specific in sharing if you’re no longer interested in being considered as a mentor or if there’s something specific about your application you need to adjust (e.g. I can now take two mentees instead of just one).

What if I’d like to support YP CoNext at ASU as a speaker, planning committee member, or volunteer staff?

What if I’d like to support YP CoNext at ASU as a speaker, planning committee member, or volunteer staff?

Great! We’re always looking for dynamic professionals to support the growth of our program and our participants.

Volunteer Staff applications are available by request or when applying to be a mentor in our program.

If you’re interested solely in serving in any capacity other than mentor, please send an email to the YP CoNext at ASU inbox including Dr. Amina Simmons and President Ashlee Atkins; a member of the staff will follow-up with you.

Mentee FAQ

Who can become a mentee?

Who can become a mentee?

Undergraduate students (e.g. Freshman through Senior) who currently enrolled part-time or full-time at ASU in either online classes, in-person classes, or a hybrid of both learning modes are eligible to apply for YP CoNext at ASU.

What is the GPA requirement?

What is the GPA requirement?

Prospective mentees MUST have a minimum 2.5 GPA to participate in our program. We encourage students to maintain this GPA throughout their time in our program; we’d actually like to help you increase that number.

How do I become a mentee in the YP CoNext at ASU Program?

How do I become a mentee in the YP CoNext at ASU Program?

  • All prospective mentees MUST submit a completed application. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance, although we try our best to ensure we’re accessible to all interested students.
  • Once accepted into the program, mentees are REQUIRED to attend mentee orientation (dates provided upon acceptance) and follow through with program expectations to remain an “Active Mentee.”

What is the time commitment needed to be a part of the YPCoNext Mentorship Program?

What is the time commitment needed to be a part of the YPCoNext Mentorship Program?

Overall Time:

Mentees are asked to make a ten-month commitment to the program. This includes both Fall and Spring semesters and occasionally some dates during the summer.

Overall Time includes: 

REQUIRED Attendance at Monthly Second Saturday Sessions (10am-12:30pm)

1:1 Mentoring Time: Mentors and mentees spend about an average 3-7hrs/month connecting one-on-one. This may include phone calls, text messages, bonding activities, and in-person or virtual (e.g. Zoom or Facetime) meetings.

Can on-line and out-of -state students participate in the program?

Can on-line and out-of -state students participate in the program?

Yes! If you are ASU online or out-of-state student, you will be able to join Orientation and Saturday sessions via ZOOM. You and your mentor will decide the best ways to connect for 1:1 mentoring time. If you’re able, some mentees even visit AZ to meet with their mentors in person.

Will I be matched with a mentor in my field of interest?

Will I be matched with a mentor in my field of interest?

Sometimes. We try our best to match mentees and mentors based on what you share in your letter of interest. It helps to be as specific as possible about HOW you think you can benefit from mentoring to assist with that match.

We don’t always have a mentor from the specific industry you’re hoping to pursue in the future. We’ll reach out to you directly if that’s the case. Most mentees tell us that no matter their mentor’s current job, they find the mentor’s support SUPER HELPFUL!

What if I am no longer able to commit to being a mentee?

What if I am no longer able to commit to being a mentee?

We understand that sometimes things change. Proactive communication is key; alerting us sooner rather than later about any limitations is REQUIRED. Here’s a few options if your capacity changes:

  • For Active/Current program mentees: Contact the Mentee Coordinator (info provided during orientation) AND email the YP CoNext at ASU inbox alerting us of changes to your capacity.
  • For prospective mentees (i.e. pending application): Email the YP CoNext at ASU inbox alerting us of changes to your status. Please be specific in sharing if you’re no longer interested in being considered as a mentee or if there’s something specific about your application you need to adjust (e.g. I prefer a mentor with this gender identity).

Meet Your Staff

Ashlee Atkins

Ashlee Atkins, MBA

President Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals

conext@asu.edu

Amina

Dr. Amina Y. Simmons, PhD

ASU Counseling Services Senior Staff

conext@asu.edu

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I also found the opportunity to learn one-on-one from a mentor with experience in the corporate world and the perspective of a minority to be a valuable insight into my future career and possible situations I may find myself in.”

– Kyle Grout
Mentee, Junior, WP Carey School of Business

Mentoring is important to me because it is a fair exchange between individuals that creates a bond that normally would not have been established.”

– Ray Gibson
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