Available Peer Support for New Executive Directors and Program Managers of CILs and SILCs

About Peer Mentoring

ILRU's IL-NET T&TA Center offers opportunities for CILs and SILCs to partake in peer-to-peer mentorship through the Peer Mentoring program facilitated by APRIL (Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living). It is a really great opportunity for ED’s, Program Managers, or for specialists at the CIL such as nursing home transition coordinators, finance managers, Youth Coordinators, Peer Program Coordinators, etc.  Due to COVID-19, all mentoring this fiscal year will be electronic.  The basic protocol is that you would apply for a mentoring with the application located below. If your CIL is in good standing, like they aren’t using intensive support services or on a corrective action plan, then you would get a call and email from me, Mary Willard. I will get to know you a little more, and then line up at least two interviews for you to interview your potential mentor until we find one that is a good fit.  From there, you will set a few goals for your mentoring with your mentor and work towards those goals for a 6 month contract period. Many mentorings last a lifetime, but 6 months is when we will ask you for any final outcomes, or changes that have occurred as a result of your mentoring, and have our outside evaluator contact you for a short evaluation interview.

Spots for the Peer Mentoring program are limited and require an application (the primary purpose of the application is to help identify potential mentors and to aid in setting goals for the mentorship). Applications can be submitted here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6172374/IL-NET-Peer-to-Peer-Mentoring-Application

To learn more about the Peer Mentoring program please contact Mary Willard, IL-NET Peer Mentor Coordinator and APRIL's Director of TA and Training, at molson.april@gmail.com or 406.544.1668.