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What are the program requirements? Participants are expected to attend the mandatory half day orientation,  participation in one 1:1 mentoring meetings every other week, and two group networking convenings.   (The orientation and mentoring convenings are scheduled on Saturdays).

How much time will I have to commit? The program is three months long and includes four 1:1 mentoring meetings. The mandatory orientation will last about half a day. 1:1 meetings are meant to take an hour and fifteen minutes. The two group networking convenings will be about four hours each. 

Do I have to be Asian American to participate? We will not reject participants as mentees or mentors solely because of their race. However, the MAAP program is unique in that the professional development topics have been geared specifically towards the unique needs of Asian Americans. We believe it is important for Asian Americans to be mentored by someone who comes from similar cultural background and social location. 

How do I qualify to participate in MAAP? If you are interested in participating as a mentee, you are an Asian American professional interested in exploring the professional development process with a mentor. If you are interested in participating as a mentor, we prefer that you have at least 5 years of professional experience, and supervisory/management experience (but not required). We are also looking for individuals with well-rounded personal and professional backgrounds. 

What fees or costs do I have to pay in order to participate? There are OCA member and non-member fees to participate as mentors as well as mentees. The program cost for 2010-11 cycle are: OCA Member rate $20 per participant, includes all materials and participation in workshops held at the three Mentoring Network Convenings Non-OCA Member rate $60 per participant which includes all materials, participation in workshops held at the three Mentoring Network Convenings and 1 year annual membership to OCA (optional). Please note that the mentoring meetings that are arranged between the mentoring pairs may take place over coffee or lunch. The costs associated with mentoring meetings will be the responsibility of the mentoring teams. 

*Program costs are waived for UPS Employees 

I am interested in participating as a mentor, why do I have to pay a program fee? This program has been designed as an experiential learning opportunity to benefit not only mentees but also mentors as well. Therefore, we appreciate the valuable time and effort being devoted to the professional development process by both mentees and mentors equally. The program fees are priced far below the market average for comparable programs. While we have been able to secure generous funding from UPS as our sole corporate supporter, in order to administer and sustain this National effort in multiple locations, the program fees were required to ensure adequate resources are devoted to this program cycle and to address sustainability of future offerings in your community as well as in other communities where there is a need to empower other emerging Asian American professional leaders. (By 2010, we will have engaged over 120 Asian American professionals through the MAAP Program in Georgia, New Jersey, California, and Washington DC since its introduction in 2008.) 

Can I have a mentor/mentee from the same company? Yes, just indicate that you prefer someone from the same company on the third page of your application. 

How do I become a group facilitator? Mentors who are also interested in helping to facilitate the three networking convenings are required to attend a three hour training prior to the beginning of the program cycle. We will also provide agendas, materials, and talking points for each convening. Please contact Tom Hayashi at 562-221-1030 or if you are interested in taking this important and rewarding leadership role.

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