The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and the Human Resources Division (HRD) are partnering to host “Disability Mentoring Week (DMW),” an opportunity for persons with disabilities to explore career opportunities within state government. Each mentee will be paired with a Massachusetts state government professional working in the mentee’s field of interest.

Dates:           October 17th - 19th 2017
Location:      Statewide Massachusetts government agencies

Background
Nationally, Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) began in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen participants as part of a White House effort to increase the profile of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrated every October.  On April 12th 2017, several Massachusetts state agencies participated in a DMD sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Which proved to be a positive experience for participants.

Goals for Disability Mentoring Week:

  • Foster potential internship and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Equip mentees to successfully seek state employment using the MassCareers system.
  • Promote people with disabilities as a core group for recruitment for an inclusive workforce.
  • Ease employers' uncertainties about hiring people with disabilities.
  • Increase confidence among mentees in reaching their employment goals.

Please note, this program is designed for participants 21 years of age or older

Help spread the word to potential mentees by downloading and posting our Flyer pdf format of Disability Mentoring Week - Flyer
!

Apply to be a Mentee:

The deadline for submitting a Mentee Application form is September 25, 2017.  

Please note: Mentee spots are limited and mentees will be accepted on a first-come first serve-basis until all available spots are filled or until the deadline of September 25, 2017, whichever comes first.

Please make sure your application is complete and submitted as soon as possible to help ensure your acceptance to the program!

Important:  You will be required to select a job category of interest on your application. Please review the Category Descriptions pdf format of Disability Mentoring Week - Job Categories
before making your selection.

Please submit your ONLINE application form here: Online MENTEE Application .

Alternatively, you may download and print a MENTEE Application pdf format of Disability Mentoring Week - MENTEE Application
and mail to:

Human Resources Division
Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity
One Ashburton Place – Room 213
Boston, MA 02108
Attn: Disability Mentoring Week

 

Apply to be a Mentor:

The deadline for submitting a Mentor Application form is September 25, 2017.  

Please note: Mentors will be required to attend an orientation training on Monday, October 16, 2017. The opportunity to serve as a mentor is open to full-time Massachusetts state employees only.

Mentor Schedule for DMW:

  • Monday 10/16 – Mentor orientation training (time TBD)
  • Tuesday 10/17 – Mentees shadow mentors (10AM-3PM)
  • Wednesday 10/18 - Mentees participate in a MassCareers computer lab/workshop(s). Mentees do not report to mentoring agency on this date.
  • Thursday 10/19 – Mentees shadow mentors (10AM-3PM)

Please submit your ONLINE application form here: Online MENTOR Application .

Alternatively, you may download and print a MENTOR Application docx format of Disability Mentoring Week - MENTOR Application
and mail to:

Massachusetts Office on Disability
One Ashburton Place
Suite 1305
Boston, MA 02108
Attn: Disability Mentoring Week

Please direct any additional questions to Rita DiNunzio at rita.dinunzio@massmail.state.ma.us or 617-727-7440 x27319.