What is a mentorship?
A mentorship is an amazing relationship between mentors and mentees. Mentors are people who are experienced in their field and who want to share that knowledge and experience to help guide others. Mentees are people who are working towards personal or professional goals and need a little guidance getting there. A mentorship happens when mentors are invested in the success of their mentees. This leads to regular conversations, exchanges of ideas and experiences, and feelings of safety and trust between both people.
What is the Tabletop Mentorship Program?
The Tabletop Mentorship Program connects experienced members of the tabletop industry with those who would like some one-on-one guidance for their creative goals within the tabletop community. A mentorship is not limited to any one aspect of tabletop - it can be about working towards goals in game design, art, publishing, opening a business, running a convention, writing reviews, producing videos, journalism, etc.
Who is it for?
This program is for tabletop creators of all kinds - illustrators, content creators, designers, publishers, distributors, writers, and more. If you create things for the tabletop community, then you should apply!
We work hard to make sure that the mentorship program is a safe space for all its members, but especially for BIPOC and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. When signing up, you will have the opportunity to choose a mentorship partner whose experiences or identities reflect or are compatible with your own.
We stand firmly with the people and organizations that fight for equality in all its forms. We believe that Black Lives Matter, trans rights are human rights, no person is illegal, and representation matters. We stand against white supremacy, homophobia, racism, sexism, and any kind of discrimination against those who are not in positions of power in their society. If your values are not consistent with ours, then this organization and its programs are not for you.
How does it work?
This program is free to everyone. It does not cost anything to sign up or enter into a mentorship.
This is a three-month mentorship program. Three months is long enough to accomplish something substantial but short enough that it shouldn't be too intimidating. Within that mentorship period, you will meet with your partner at least twice a month for at least thirty minutes each time to check in, discuss progress, and ask questions. We strongly encourage that these meetings be live voice chats either online or over the phone. Of course, you may (and are encouraged to) chat and check in with each other outside of these meetings.
Throughout your mentorship, we will send you resources, prompts, and periodic check-ins to make sure that all is going well. After three months, your mentorship will be complete and you will be able to look back on all that you've accomplished!