SERVUS Mentoring Academy

SERVUS and Edu4u nominated for the European Mentoring Award 2020

The SERVUS Platform of Mentoring Communities, with case study of Edu4u, was nominated for the European Mentoring Award 2020. In september 2020 mentoring organizations worldwide could present their project to the Scientific Committee of the European Mentoring Summit. Finally, during the EMS 2020, 8 nominated organizations including SERVUS/Edu4u, were selected to pitch their mentoring projects in front of philanthropist companies and foundations. We congratulate the award winner, our partners from Campus Connections Aotearoa in New Zealand. 

European Mentoring Award 2020 

Recent SERVUS actions

We would like to share an impression of recent SERVUS actions. Given the COVID-19 crisis and the impact for vulnerable groups in society, we developed 2 Online Mentoring Masterclasses (June and September) empowered by the Oranje Fonds. In between the 2 Masterclasses we presented our R&D mentoring results during a PDW panel discussion at the Academy of Management August 2020.  

Symposium 14 Oct 2016

Masterclass Advanced Mentoring 27 March 2020

Following a series of successful Masterclasses in 2018 and 2019 for mentors represented in the SERVUS Platform of Mentoring Communities, this new initiative is due 27th March 2020. It was a strong wish of the participating mentors  to have a follow-up of their earlier Masterclass experience, to further enhance knowledge sharing and mentoring skills. The voluntary mentors are professional workers such as architect, lawer, marketeer or HR director. Though their business background is rather diverse, they share a passion of giving back to society.

Mentoring masterclass 27 maart 2020 

Masterclass Mentoring in Cross-Cultural communities

Sultan - Creative Learning and MOOCs 

Hoe kun je een goede mentor zijn voor scholieren, werknemers of andere mentees die een extra steuntje in de rug nodig hebben? Wat doe je als je een mentee met een andere culturele achtergrond vooruit wilt helpen? Cross-culturele kennis en vaardigheden zijn essentieel bij het vinden van de juiste oplossingen. Dit houdt in dat je niet alleen open staat voor andere culturen, maar dat je ook durft open te staan om de vanzelfsprekendheid van je eigen culturele vorming kritisch te bekijken. De mentor-mentee relatie werkt beter als je het samen eens bent over de hulpvraag. 

Ervaring in cross-culturele communicatie helpt om knelpunten te bespreken en gezamenlijke doelen te behalen. Houd je vooral vast aan de regels of is er ook ruimte voor emotie? Werk vanuit respect en empathie voor soms ogenschijnlijke tegenstellingen tussen culturen. Een goede mentor is in staat waarden met elkaar te verbinden. De mentor kan de mentee helpen om dilemma's in studie of werk op te lossen. Door de juiste stimulans ontstaat een interactie tussen beiden van sturen en loslaten. Enerzijds ben je nauw betrokken bij de mentee, maar anderzijds behoud je ook een professionele distantie. 

In deze unieke Masterclass ga je aan de slag met deze dilemma's. Door interactie met deskundige sprekers leer je het beste uit jouw mentorschap te halen, om zo terug te geven aan de mentee c.q. samenleving. 

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Launch Servus Platform of Mentoring Communities

Friday 9th November 2018 the Platform of Mentoring Communities was launched at the VU. This Platform is an initiative of Servus and subsequently developed in close cooperation with Giving Back, empowered by the Cloverleaf Foundation and the VU School of Business and Economics. The new Platform will connect the Community projects in the region of Amsterdam and beyond, to strengthen capacity building, and intensify network and knowledge sharing. In the Platform mission cross-fertilization is considered more feasible once you know each other in person and pool resources. The Platform aims for joint fundraising, and organize joint events to spread the word in society.  In sum, coordination is needed to connect the Community projects affiliated with Giving Back and SERVUS.  

The Community projects represented in this SERVUS Platform are:

In the near future the following SERVUS platform actions are foreseen, based on common needs:

  1. Identify funding to support common needs and actions. Industrial partners in CSR . 
  2. Community building. Strengthening and sharing common responsibilities e.g. by giving volunteers a sense of belonging in their Community Project. 
  3. Improve (online) communication with and among mentors and mentees.  Explore innovative (online) mentoring styles and tools.

Cloverleaf   Giving back

 

SERVUS Masterclass for Giving Back Mentors

The community organization Giving Back (www.givingback.nl) supports underprivileged pupils to unlock their talents. In Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Rotterdam secondary school pupils are assigned to a professional Mentor from industry. Through personal coaching by volunteer Mentors the pupils are enabled to cope with major dilemmas regarding life, school choice and future career. Supported by their Mentor the pupils get a first introduction into the business world to enrich their social and educational horizon.
Giving Back and SERVUS launched a series of SERVUS Masterclasses ‘The Gentle Art of Helping”, designed especially for these Mentors, since October 2018.
Giving Back Mentors learn how to help secondary school pupils through humble inquiry, building trust and cross-cultural awareness.  Besides theoretical insights, exercises are embedded in the program, where participants learn to deal with dilemmas in their mentoring workplace.
Giving Back and SERVUS are sustainable partners for more than a decade. This initiative is empowered by the Cloverleaf Foundation.