Call For Mentors
Dear ASCE Philadelphia YMF members,
In our latest email blast, we introduced a new YMF initiative to establish a mentor program.
As soon as this announcement was released, we received questions and comments from potential
mentors and mentees alike expressing strong interest in taking part in the program. This feedback
has been highly encouraging as we move towards the high arching goals of this initiative, which
are as follows:
Why Mentoring? Mentors are role models, advisers, and sponsors. They are professionals who collectively
represent a wide array of disciplines within Civil Engineering and its many focus areas. They leverage
their experience to help student mentees explore career paths and polish their professional development.
- Dream Big: The program is designed to connect every enrolled local student member with an
industry professional in a one-to-one mentorship relationship.
- Start Small: Our commitment to establishing an effective mentor program builds from feedback
of participants. Therefore, the program will kick off with a small group of students and a
carefully selected group of mentors.
- Scale Quickly: In its pilot year, we will work with participants to streamline the mentoring
process. From these lessons learned, we will expand capacity for more participants to meet our
Dream Big goal.
We highly recommend that pairs communicate at least monthly for an effective mentoring relationship.
The commitment of a mentor is one-year, although many mentor relationships have lasted beyond this time.
Throughout the year, the YMF will recommend events as meet up opportunities for mentors and mentees to get
to know each other, as well as others in the program.
We are currently looking for mentors with a preferred 3+ years of experience. If you are interested in
volunteering as a mentor, please fill out the questionnaire
In addition to this initiative, the YMF Board is continuously working to plan events to serve our
membership. For the month of September, we have the following:
As always a huge thank you to all the member volunteers who make our outreach possible. If you are looking
for ways to become involved with the YMF, please don't hesitate to
contact me or come out and meet our Board members at our events!
- YMF Group Photo and Happy Hour organized by Ajin Fatima and Kristin Leese
- Wissahickon Devil's Pool Cleanup organized by Nick Kirn and Lauren Davenport
Nha Truong, PE, PMP
ASCE Philly YMF
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Back in 2008, during a college tour in Philadelphia, I remember looking at my parents and mouthing that I
never wanted to step foot in this city or school again. Being from a small town in Massachusetts, the big
city of Philadelphia, which promised opportunity and brotherly love, seemed way too overwhelming. However,
fast forward four years, there I was in Philly again moving into an apartment in Graduate Hospital to start
my first "real" job as a civil engineer.
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After the culture shock wore off, I started to build both a personal and professional network of relationships.
Knowing I was new to the city, a close coworker of mine suggested attending ASCE YMF events with her. I love
meeting new people and jumped on the opportunity to branch out from my company and start networking with
Even as a new face, the YMF members were always extremely friendly and welcoming. The events were not only fun
and educational, they were also making a difference. In the past few months, I've attended Dream Big, an
engineering movie aimed towards promoting STEM interest within the younger generation, and have volunteered with
the Chester Arthur School Civil Engineering Club. Both programs, started by ASCE, have had such a positive impact
on the engineering community and Philadelphia's future engineers. I'm looking forward to becoming even more involved
and seeing what the ASCE YMF Board and members will do next.
Lindsay Chateauvert, EIT