Since 2018, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) hosts its most anticipated event, More Than Networking, every November. Each year ACB students, educators, and the broader Ottawa community gather to discuss the importance of networking for social and personal growth. This also presents a unique opportunity for those who attend to develop valuable skills that can be used to build positive relationships within our community.
We are reaching out to you personally as a formal invitation to attend our event as someone who can network with students. Although this opportunity requires a few hours of your time, we do not ask you to commit to a long-term mentorship initiative. However, we encourage you to build professional relationships with the attendees that can result in bettering the social development of ACB students.
Although this annual event improves the social capital among Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) people, it is the youth who benefit most significantly as they are given access to opportunities to connect and learn from racialized and non-racialized professionals. Through these relations, the following positive outcomes manifest:
1. ACB young people (high school and post-secondary) gain mentorship from racialized and non-racialized career-focused professional;
2. ACB young people gain a mentor who sees the need to provide one on one mentorship beyond the event;
3. Professionals have the opportunity to give back to young ACB people in a way that is non-intrusive.
The 3rd annual More Than Networking event will include Afro-Caribbean professionals and many other community members from different ethnic groups who will participate in teaching ACB young people the importance of networking. The FREE event will be held online, and people participating will experience the following learning outcomes:
1. ACB young people will meet and greet professionals;
2. Professionals will meet enthusiastic young people who will be next to lead our professional sectors;
3. Build relationships of solidarity among great people.
Similar to how we’ve done things in the past, the annual More Than Networking event is non-intrusive and respects that professionals are busy. However, professionals are encouraged to extend an “olive branch” by meeting young people online and possibly connecting with them after the event to continue a positive mentor and mentee relationship. The ACMP initiative sees this as an absolute win for professionals but, most importantly, for the young people who participate!
This event is open to ACB professionals and many other community members from different ethnic groups to teach young people how to network while networking with them.
Participating schools and in partnership
-The University of Ottawa
Friday, November 27th, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Zoom technologies
Capacity: 120 people maximum