PEAL Mentorship Program

The PEAL Mentorship Program is designed to create meaningful engagement between established and emerging arts leaders in our community, and to help emerging leaders tackle the challenges they face in their professional lives. A limited number of mentors and mentees are selected to participate in the program for one year, with two 6-month mentorship cycles. Mentor‐mentee pairs meet independently for six months (1st cycle). After the first cycle, participants are matched with another mentor or mentee (2nd cycle). This gives everyone the opportunity to connect with two different people during the course of the program. For those who are having a very successful first round match, we will offer the option to continue for the duration of the program. For those who would like a new match or have new goals in mind, we will match you with a new mentor for the second 6-month cycle. Participants are selected based on expressed commitment to the program and to reflect a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise.

2017-18 Program Cycle

Interested in applying as either a Mentor or Mentee? Here’s the process:

  • Round 1 Applications were due by May 22, 2017 and are closed to new applications after that date. If you are interested in mentoring or offering informational interviews and did not complete the intake form, please email
  • There will be a second round application due for applicants who submitted applications in Round 1 due by June 19, 2017. Applicants will receive an email and invitation to complete Round 2 shortly after May 22.
  • Matches will be made and participants will be notified by August 15, 2017.
  • Our kick-off event will be September 12, 2017.

If you are someone who fits the role of a mentor, but are unable to participate in the full program at this time, we are now offering the opportunity to participate by offering a few informational interviews over the course of the program cycle. Please complete the intake form and let us know if you’re interested in this role.

Basic Participant Expectations

  • Mentors and mentees are expected to set individual goals for each six‐month phase (e.g. hone certain skills, expand their networks, etc.).
  • The mentor‐mentee relationship should be built on mutual respect, trust and confidentiality.
  • PEAL is here to support you, but it is ultimately up to each pair to work together to make this a meaningful experience.
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to embrace and seek learning opportunities with their match throughout the program.
  • Mentees should not view the program as a means to seek employment; mentors, in turn, should not expect their mentees to take on tasks for them.

What’s in it for mentees?

  • Connect with an established leader in the (arts and culture) community and learn from their experiences in the field.
  • Expand your network.
  • Get insight into relevant themes, opportunities and challenges in your specific area of interest.
  • Gain an ally in the arts and culture community.

What’s in it for mentors?

  • Share your experiences with someone who is new to the field and eager to learn and grow.
  • Actively engage with Portland’s emerging arts leader community and learn about the areas that are important to these young leaders.
  • Connect with other participating mentors at program event(s).
  • Empower an emerging leader and help them gain the necessary knowledge and experience to be successful in their field.

Mentorship Program Resources

PEAL Mentorship Program Handbook_2016-2017