This summer, In-Sight Collaborative launched our first annual mentorship program. This program was designed to give self-motivated learners the opportunity to learn more about the humanitarian sector and where we need to advocate a paradigm shift, cultivate a network, reflect on their own role in this sector, and collaborate in a learning and professional development environment. The unique design of this program allowed it to be intersectional, attracting people from academia, the humanitarian sector, the development sector, and countless other backgrounds and yielded learning experiences that are not available in any other educational setting. We strongly believe that opportunities like these need to be made available in the COVID-19 era so that young professionals do not miss the chance to learn more about practice and to create a professional network.
Our hope is to continue to keep this program going annually or biannually and to keep it completely FREE. We had participants from dozens of countries around the world and from all socioeconomic backgrounds and our content was created in formats that were accessible from a smartphone. We were 100% volunteer-run for the duration of this program and going forward we hope to continue to attract quality speakers, mentors, and participants by keeping this voluntary, however, operational costs do need to be covered.
We hope to raise funds to cover our overhead costs such as web-hosting, administrative costs, video conferencing and webinar platforms, and investments in tools that will enhance this program going forward. Any funds that are not used to cover costs associated with the program will be designated to the In-Sight emergency fund that covers urgent needs for our projects around the world.
On behalf of In-Sight Collaborative, I want to thank everyone who has participated in this program and all of those who helped make it possible!
Sending love and solidarity,
Madi Williamson, President of In-Sight Collaborative