Become an AAPA Mentor - Asian American Professional Association

Become an AAPA Mentor


AAPA Mentors


Passionate about helping people and developing future leaders? Looking to positively impact a person’s life by sharing your knowledge and experiences? Volunteer as an AAPA Mentor, share your passion in helping professionals and developing future leaders, and enhance your own personal growth.


AAPA is a mentorship and leadership development program that has been around for nearly 17 years. Our mission is to inspire, develop and promote professionals to maximize their leadership potential. Join us as we give back to the community and inspire future leaders!


AAPA Mentors are diverse role models who help shape young professionals’ careers and provide critical learning and development opportunities. They are successful managers, directors or executives with few years’ experience managing staff, have passion for mentoring, and are committed to the cause.


Mentor candidates should possess qualifications that will enable them to make a significant contribution to the Mentoring Program and to the development of mentees. Mentors will actively participate and support the activities of AAPA Mentorship Program. In recruiting and selecting candidates for mentorship, the Mentoring Committee will evaluate each candidate’s qualifications based on the following:

1. Commitment to promoting the advancement of Asian Americans and AAPA’s mission. Share the values expressed by AAPA’s values and mission statement.

2. Passionate about mentoring professionals.

3. Participation in AAPA mentorship program and other activities.

4. Ability to work as a role model, coach and team player.

5. History of volunteer service to non-profit organizations.

6. Rich life experience and demonstrated leadership in the area of business management, education or community services.

7. Of “strong moral character” – maintain good ethics and character of integrity.

8. An ability to bring other substantial resources to AAPA, such as influential connections with potential donors, business or political leaders.


AAPA Mentoring is voluntary. Mentors are responsible to mentor, coach and support mentees during the year-long program. The Mentoring Committee is responsible for recruiting and termination of AAPA mentors and will provide operational support of the Mentorship Program. The Mentoring Committee will determine the number of mentors needed to support the Mentorship Program.


AAPA’s Mentorship Program and AAPA Mentors shall be managed by the Vice President, Programs, under the direction of the President. The President shall appoint new Mentors in accordance with the mentor nomination and approval policy. The Board of Directors shall provide governance and oversight of the Mentorship Program.

The Mentoring Committee shall have the power and authority to:
• Appoint and remove Mentors, and to prescribe powers and duties for them as required to operate and support the Mentoring Program.
• Develop and maintain the Mentoring Program curriculum; assign mentoring duties and activities, and make policy and procedures for the Mentoring Program.


Mentoring Meeting Attendance
• Attend regularly scheduled meetings and major AAPA events; read background information and come prepared to discuss information.

Develop Mentoring Program curriculum
• Collaborate and develop Mentoring Program workshops, presentations, training and other mentoring materials. Model personal and organizational development, and provide inspiration and leadership.

Provide Mentoring
• On a monthly or bi-monthly basis, mentor, coach and support Mentees to develop personal and career gools and to achieve maximum potential. Develop and manage the mentoring relationship with Mentees (minimum of one (1) one-on-one mentoring assignment per year).
• Active participation of Mentoring Program activities and assignments.

Conduct Mentoring workshops and presentations
• Participate in workshops and support the workshop presenter. Attend a majority of workshops and speaker sessions per year.

Networking and Recruiting
• Recruit new Mentors and Mentees.

Support AAPA
• Participate and contribute to AAPA activities.
• Participate in identifying needs and opportunities for advancing the mission of AAPA

Role Model
• Mentors serve as positive examples by virtue of their productive lives and actions.AAPA Mentors


It is important for AAPA to maintain the high quality of its Mentors. As such, this nomination process is established to ensure a consistent and thorough review of potential Mentor candidates.

• An existing Mentor must be able to vouch for and nominate a potential Mentor candidate.

• The Nominator requests the candidate to prepare an Application (see below), a short bio, and a resume for submission to the Mentor Committee.

• An informal interview of or meeting with the nominee is required. There needs to be fellow mentors present, to establish clear and realistic expectations. Note: This can be done at the Mentor Orientation or at any time prior to the start of the Program year.

• Endorsement from two other mentors is required to approve the nomination.

• Election of Mentor candidates will be conducted at a scheduled Mentor committee meeting. Note: A simple majority vote is required to elect new Mentors.The sponsoring mentor(s) would be responsible to provide support for the new mentor during the year.


There is no term limit on Mentorship, however active participation on the Mentoring Program is required.


[1] Complete the Mentor Application online – CLICK HERE.

Or, download the application HERE and email a scanned copy to

[2] Submit your resume (PDF preferred) by email to


Applications are accepted year-round. If you have any questions regarding the AAPA Mentoring Program or would like more information, please contact