Mentors of the Blind Leaders Development Program have an opportunity to invest in an emerging blind leader by volunteering their time and sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and expertise. Mentors will have an opportunity to develop their crucial conversation skills, expand their networks, and engage in AFB’s systems change initiatives.

What's Included

  • A Mentor training event
  • A unique opportunity to invest in the development of an emerging leader who is blind or visually impaired
  • Access to an exclusive LinkedIn group for program alumni

Mentor Selection Criteria

Our hope is to select a diverse group of professional and open leaders who are blind or visually impaired to mentor Fellows in this program. Ideal mentor candidates will demonstrate the following:

Competence, Experience, and Professionalism

Ideal candidates have at least eight years of leadership experience and demonstrate a high level of professionalism. These candidates are knowledgeable about leadership qualities and have previous experience and success in mentoring. Please note, previous mentoring experience is not a requirement, but is preferred.

Openness and Willingness to Share Ideas and Insights

Ideal candidates demonstrate a willingness to listen, share about their life experiences, and assist with problem-solving. These candidates demonstrate an openness to new ideas and perspectives.

Potential and Commitment to Be a Productive Program Mentor

Ideal candidates will commit to the time and effort required to be a successful mentor. These candidates will engage in open communication with their assigned participants and AFB staff.

Mentor Commitments

Mentors of the Blind Leaders Development Program will be expected to commit to:

  • Attend the AFB Blind Leaders Development Program Mentor Training workshops when offered.
  • Attend the kick-off.
  • Actively listen to and provide honest and direct communication with their assigned Fellow.
  • Work with your fellow to put at least four behaviors discussed during the Leadership Challenge training into practice.
  • Read all advance materials and prepare for all mentoring meetings.
  • Participate in all follow-up surveys for at least three years (representing no more than 2 hours of time per year).