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Peer Mentorship

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Apply Now to be a Mentor

Energy Trust of Oregon, in collaboration with workforce development specialists and contractor partners, is seeking mentors for trade ally participants in the Contractor Development Pathway (CDP). Trade allies play a crucial role in delivering our programs by informing customers about available funding and promoting energy-efficient upgrades like HVAC equipment and insulation. Peer Mentorship supports CDP by pairing established trade allies with new and emerging trade allies for one-on-one mentorship. Its key objectives include:

  • Strengthening support for Black-owned, Indigenous-owned, Latino/a/e-owned, person of color-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and rural contractors.
  • Fostering trade ally connection.
  • Sharing business and industry knowledge.
  • Equipping mentees with the tools needed to grow and develop their businesses.

Who can be a Mentor?

Established trade allies interested in enhancing their leadership skills to support new and emerging trade allies are encouraged to apply as mentors. Those who are interested should be available to provide mentorship for up to 15 hours over a six-month period. Mentors will receive general talking points, questions, and relevant resources to guide the mentoring conversations about specific topics. Mentors are also welcome to utilize their own materials and structure that best supports their mentees.

Benefits of Participation for Mentors

  • Opportunities to expand your professional network.
  • Business featured on Energy Trust’s Insider website.
  • Compensation of $150 per hour.

 Mentor Eligibility

  • Mentors must be enrolled in Energy Trust’s Trade Ally Network at the time of applying. Not yet a member of our contractor network? Apply to join our Trade Ally Network.
  • Have a strong interest in sharing information and helping others develop skills to grow their business.
  • Have been in business for three or more years.
  • Have completed two or more projects with Energy Trust’s incentive programs within the past five years.
  • Can commit to up to 15 hours over a six-month period (June-November).

Business owners are strongly encouraged to apply to be a mentor if their business meets any of the following:

  • Self-identified as Black-owned, Indigenous-owned, Latino/a/e-owned, person of color-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and/or COBID certified.
  • Located in a rural area.
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Desire to provide learning opportunities for up-and-coming trade professionals.

How to Apply

Apply online using the CDP Mentor Application.

Applications close on May 31st, 2024

If you need assistance filling out the application, please contact