interVivos has been organizing mentorship programs in Edmonton since 2006. 

Our program  matches people with diverse backgrounds and interests. So far, we are the only organization in Edmonton that does this. 

If you have a question about our program that is not answered below, please send us an email.

How many participants are in each program?

Each program usually has 15-18 mentors and 15-18 protégés. Return mentors and protégés sometimes participate.

When do the programs take place?

Our programs are offered twice a year (usually in the spring and fall).  

 What are the backgrounds of the mentors and protégés?

Our mentors and protégés come from a variety of fields such as entrepreneurship, information technology, consulting, government, communications, healthcare, culinary arts, politics, and non-profit. 

Our mentors and protégés are also diverse in terms of their ages and backgrounds. However, in Summer 2019, we organized a special mentorship program just for female mentors. The protégés were of all genders for that program.

What do participants focus on?

While some people look to mentorship for career development, our six-month bi-annual program focuses on the importance of a reciprocal relationship for mentors and protégés. 

Our mentors and protégés have worked on a variety of things together such as personal growth and development, workplace challenges, career changes, building networks, questioning  comfort zones, and work-life effectiveness. 

What is the cost of the program?

Protégés pay $80 to participate in the program, while our mentors are all volunteers. The funds cover event costs for the program as we are completely nonprofit. We are also offering at least one free protégé spot per program to a community organization. 

How do the matches happen?

It is a process that starts with the launch!

Participants meet at the mentorship program launch which takes place at a central location on a weeknight. Protégés and mentors have the opportunity to meet with all the participants at the launch, discuss what their goals are in person, and then choose who the best match would be for them in a speed-rotation format. At the end of the evening, mentors and protégés rank their choices and interVivos makes the final matches in the weeks following. The match information is then emailed out to the participants.

How often do you meet your match?

Mentors and protégés are welcome to meet as often as they would like, but we require at least 3 in person meetings during the 6-month program.  interVivos performs check-ins throughout the 6-month program and provides resources to assist you with your match. Some participants continue to meet and stay in touch but that is not an expectation of interVivos. 

Do we collaborate with other organizations?

Yes! In Fall 2019, we worked with the Edmonton Heritage Council to offer a program for Edmonton’s heritage sector. Send us an email if you’d like to work together.

How can I find out about the next launch?

You can:

  • check out our events page;
  • sign up for our mailing list; and/or
  • follow us on social media.

We are always looking for mentors. Email us to find out more. 

If you have questions, mentorship@intervivos.ca is always happy to receive them! We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.