Guide to Developing Mentoring Programs for the International Ocean Community

The whole ocean community can benefit from the mutual exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas that occurs during an effective mentorship program. This Guide was co-developed with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by reviewing evidence from various established mentorship program models, experiences, and materials to compile a list of recommendations.

The Mentoring Guide recommends developing mentorship programs with three main priorities:

  1. Aligned with the needs of the global ocean community
  2. Relevant and practicable for international audiences
  3. Supportive of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Access values

The Guide is intended to present a framework for mentorship program planning, administration, evaluation, and support. It includes tools and conceptual information that can be used for various types of mentorship projects. The target audience is mentorship program coordinators who are developing a new mentorship program or looking to improve or redesign an existing mentorship program. Program coordinators can use the information contained in the Guide as a starting point to develop detailed guidelines that are more specific to the goals of their organization, group, or program. A glossary, checklist, and resources for further exploration and research are also included.

To indicate interest in volunteering your time to become a mentor with Teach For the Ocean, or to apply to be matched as a mentee, please complete this Expression of Interest form.