The Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program opens doors for self-identifying women residing in Canada who are looking to launch or grow their careers in STEM, skilled trades, and leadership.
The Rosie Initiative created this program to provide women with the opportunity to join a diverse, and influential community of like-minded women who are interested in skills development and broadening their professional personal networks.
Mentoring matters – it expands one’s network and leads to professional and educational opportunities. The Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program is supportive and developmental environment that allows participants to develop new skills and explore new ideas.
The Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program is a 12-month program with peer groups expected to meet once a month for 2 hours. We recommend that the meeting cadence be set in the kickoff meeting.
Please contact us right away so we can help you address any issues. If you prefer, we can place you on a waitlist for a future peer group.
No, the Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program is offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of our facilitators and the Initiative’s Co-Presenting Partners Capital Power and Ontario Power Generation and Amplify Partner BGIS.
We invite you to complete an online application form, which you can find linked to on the Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program page. If we need any additional information, the Rosie Initiative team will connect with you.
Currently, the Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program’s administrative support and materials are English-only. In the future, we plan to make the Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program fully bilingual.
The purpose of the Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program is not to seek or secure employment from your facilitator or peers but rather to support your professional and personal growth.
The Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program is a national, virtual program. By offering the program virtually, participants gain access to peers who would otherwise not be available because of geographic limitations. However, you and your group are welcome to get together socially at any time!
In the peer application form, we ask applicants to share the goals, objectives, challenges, and opportunities they are currently experiencing in their careers to ensure we are creating cohesive peer groups. During the kickoff meeting of a peer group, participants are encouraged to discuss and agree on the topics they will address throughout the program.
Yes, we encourage previous participants to participate in the program again. We understand that peers may want to develop additional professional skills, and that the guidance and support of different peers may be beneficial. Interested individuals are also not limited to applying only as peers or facilitators: you can apply for both roles in different rounds of the program. Please note that individuals applying to be a peer or facilitator who have not yet participated in the program will be given priority.
In addition to the Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program, we offer the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program. Mentors will guide and assist protégées one-on-one as they work towards their personal and professional development goals and create strategies together for reaching them. Please visit the Rosie 1:1 Mentoring Program page if you are interested in learning more.
We create peer groups for self-identifying women based on seniority level, industry/profession, and goals and objectives. Each peer group’s facilitator brings their experience in STEM, skilled trades or leadership to the table. This way, you can be comfortable connecting and developing with like-minded peers who share similar backgrounds and experiences.
The Rosie Peer Group Mentoring Program is open to individuals who identify as women interested in being peers and facilitators. Peers must have at least one year of work experience in addition to matching the peer group criteria, while facilitators must have over eight years of experience in their respective fields and have experience leading or coaching groups.
Yes, you can apply and participate in both programs at the same time. However, individuals must acknowledge the time commitment and expectations of both programs.
If we are unable to match you for the peer group for which you applied, we will keep your we application on file depending on what you indicated on your application form. If you are interested in updating your application, please reach out to the Rosie Initiative team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always accepting facilitator applications, so we encourage you to apply when you’re available. For peers, keep your eyes open for a peer group you are interested in joining. Otherwise, you can be placed on our waitlist for a future peer group that best matches your background and experience. Peer groups are typically launched every three to four months.
No, facilitators are not paid. Facilitators volunteer their time, experience, and knowledge to guide women in their careers; we thank them for their generosity.
We invite all participants to share their feedback and insight through check-ins. These check-ins allow you to share feedback on your experience, the supporting materials, your peer group, and the overall program. If you have feedback you would like to share outside of the check-ins, please email us at email@example.com.