FFR Facilitated Mentoring Strategy Program


What is mentoring?

Mentoring is an effective strategy that promotes learning, employee development, and job enrichment. The FFR Facilitated Mentoring Strategy pairs an experienced employee (Mentor) with a less experienced employee (Protégé). The pairing fosters career development and growth by sharing knowledge, skills, and insights that have been learned through the years. By learning from a Mentor, the Protégé may more quickly master the structures of the organization, learn the practical use of authority and acquire skills to improve his/her prospects for success.



Benefits for Mentors

  • Develop leadership and coaching skills
  • Improve communication skills
  • Pay it forward (value)
  • Share insight and lessons learned
  • Reenergize and engage

Benefits for Protégés

  • Obtain wider knowledge of organization
  • Establish skills such as time management and communication
  • Develop abilities that can lead to increased confidence and empowerment
  • Identify career development goals
  • Observe different leadership styles

Benefits for NDW FFR

  • Organization invests in staff members
  • Increase understanding of mission and culture
  • Strengthen employee engagement
  • Enhance morale
  • Workforce development
  • Improve employee satisfaction
  • Reduce  turnover

What is the mentoring process?

Prospective Protégés complete an application to identify their goals and objectives. Prospective Mentors complete an application that highlights their knowledge and experience base. Once the application is accepted, Mentors and Protégés are matched, based on the information on their applications. Participants will attend three group meetings:

  • Orientation sets the foundation and focus of the year. At this meeting, Mentors and Protégés establish goals, objectives, and milestones, and develop an action plan for the upcoming year.
  • Experience Exchange is held midway through the program. It allows time for pairs to reflect on information learned/experienced and to share new ideas with others in the group.
  • Graduation is a time to celebrate! Participants will be recognized by FFR leadership for successfully completing the program.

Mentors and Protégés meet throughout the year. These meetings serve as a time for coaching and feedback on relevant skills and experiences that are the basis of your working pair. Ideally, meetings should be in person for the most effective communication. However, due to geographic distance, some meetings may be held via e-mail, telephone or video chat.



The FFR Facilitated Mentoring Strategy program is open to all civilian and military personnel who work for NDW Fleet and Family Readiness. Participation is voluntary and non-competitive. Participation in the program does not guarantee promotions or an opportunity to move into another position. While most of the development activities take place during work hours, participants may choose to pursue learning activities during other times. No overtime or compensatory time is authorized.


Next steps


Questions? Please complete the interest form below.


Do you wish to participate? Please complete the Mentor application or Protégé application below.