ApSAF Mentor-Protege Program
Dear ApSAF Members,
We want to introduce you to a major program initiative being launched by ApSAF to benefit student and young career professional members as well. Analysis of membership data from the last four years has indicated that 84% of our membership loss has happened in the student and young career professional category. This group has service tenure of 1 to 10 years but the average tenure is about three years when they drop out of SAF. The new Mentor-Protege Program will address these issues by facilitating direct professional contact between experienced professional foresters who are SAF members and student or young professional foresters who are just getting started. A good description of the program is contained in the simple Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by each participant in the program:
We need your help to make this program successful. Consider volunteering to become a mentor to foster the professional development of a new generation of young professional foresters. All you need to do is fill out the above form and send it to: Carlyle Franklin, 602 S. Hughes Street, Apex, NC 27502-2118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can submit the information online by using the online ApSAF Mentor-Protege Memorandum of Understanding Form.
If you prefer to work with students from a particular college, or with a particular student or young professional, please indicate that on an attached note. Otherwise, you will typically be assigned to the college nearest your base of operation.
This program will be launched late this summer as the students get back for classes so we need to get our list of volunteers together as soon as possible to be ready to go! Please give this opportunity some serious consideration. It is a great chance to give something back to the profession of forestry and to SAF. Without dedicated young foresters, forestry in the U.S. will have no future. Please help as you always have before.
2009 ApSAF Chair
2010 ApSAF Chair
ApSAF Membership Chair