Peer Mentorship

Are you interested in developing a social venture project for social good? Transform that interest into a concrete plan of action with the guidance of peer mentors.

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is excited to announce a new opportunity for participants of the Premier and Academic packages. In addition to the Social Venture for Sustainable Development (SVSD) seminar at Fairleigh Dickinson University (August 5-8, 2017, Madison, New Jersey) and the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (August 9-12, 2017, New York City), participants of the Premier or Academic Package receive personal advice and support from experienced young entrepreneurs who have developed their own successful social ventures, whom we call Peer Mentors.

This peer mentorship initiative aims to:

  • Strengthen the participants’ understanding of social innovation and what makes a social venture successful
  • Improve participants’ communication and presentation skills necessary in formulating and pitching ideas
  • Enhance the quality of the participants’ group project or proposals
  • Provide participants with opportunity for peer review of their projects or proposals

PEER MENTORS

Our Peer Mentors are a select group of young leaders and entrepreneurs who have developed their own successful social ventures. They will be offering their expertise to groups of participants prior to and during the seminar.

peer mentorship scope

Before the SVSD Seminar (at home)

  1. The Youth Assembly will connect you with other individuals in order to form a group of at least five members.

  2. As a group, you and your teammates will coordinate with one another to develop an idea for a social venture addressing a particular social issue.

  3. Your group will be notified with your Peer Mentor’s contact information. They will coordinate with you to find a time to meet virtually to provide advice and feedback on your social venture proposal.

During the SVSD Seminar (at FDU)

  1. During the SVSD seminar at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), your Peer Mentor will meet with your group in-person and shall continue to provide insightful feedback in preparation for your presentation on the last day.

  2. On the final day of the seminar, the group with the most outstanding social venture presentation will be rewarded with the unique opportunity to feature their work in the Youth Assembly video, as well as receive special certificates from FDU.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Participants who have created their social venture projects can submit their project proposals to our partners' platforms for the chance to win project seed funding, life-time mentorship, and special networking opportunities. Detailed information regarding our partners' competition platforms will be announced. If you would like to participate in any of our partners' competitions, please take note of their specific processes and guidelines.

ABOUT THE svsd SEMINAR

The Social Venture for Sustainable Development seminar (August 5-8, 2017, Madison, New Jersey) is an intensive university certificate-based mini-course developed and delivered by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) with the support of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. The seminar is designed to introduce participants to the concepts, principles, and practices of social innovation in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Upon completion of the program, participants should be able to form or polish a social venture proposal.


IMPORTANT: Please note, the SVSD Seminar is separate from the Resolution Social Venture Challenge.  Eligible undergraduate participants are welcome to pursue both opportunities but should note that each have their own application process and guidelines.  Your participation in the SVSD Seminar will in no way influence the judging process of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge hosted at the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations.  In particular, any advice or mentorship provided at the SVSD Seminar, including that of Resolution Fellows, will not impact the decision of the Resolution judges.  The registration and application process for the Resolution Social Venture Challenge will be closed by the SVSD Seminar, so anyone interested in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge should adhere to the deadlines found here: http://resolutionproject.org/svc/upcoming/2017-summer-youth-assembly-united-nations.