Mentoring OUT: Mentor Information

Mentoring OUT is a corporate based mentoring and student development program created specifically for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and questioning.​ The program positively impacts the college experiences while mentoring students to transition to Corporate Life, personal development, and career readiness of students. Mentoring OUT empowers students to discover and strive towards their personal and professional goals with the guidance of LGBTQIA adults from the Charlotte, NC community. 

Mentoring OUT Mission:

To promote students transitioning to Corporate careers with personal and professional empowerment, development, and well-being within the LGBTQIA community through mentoring relationships and programs by trust-built one-on-one conversations.

Mentor Requirements:

  • Identify as LGBTQIA or questioning or an advocate for LGBTQ+ people

  • Post-college course work and working full time

  • Currently live in Charlotte or nearby areas, such as Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Concord, and Belmont 

  • Model leadership and success by actively contributing time, talent, or treasure to community organizations or initiatives

  • Mentors serve as positive role models and provide resource information.


Mentoring OUT LGBTQIA Mentorship Program Application:

Mentoring OUT is a mentoring program created specifically for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as LGBTQIA (or questioning). The program positively impacts the college experiences, personal development, and career readiness of students. Mentoring OUT empowers students to discover and strive towards their personal and professional goals with the guidance of LGBTQIA professionals from the Charlotte community. ​

Mentor Structure and Matching:

Mentoring OUT incorporates an achievement and goal-based curriculum informed by community and student voices and scholarly research to ensure that time spent together is effective and meaningful. College students will be matched with a community member based on their application, such as identities, shared interests, experiences, and goals and your (mentor) identities. Program materials will be provided to mentors in addition to any materials that the mentor will find valuable to their student's personal and professional development. 


  • Four mandatory “milestone” meetings: schedule and complete at your own pace

  • Meet with your mentee at a minimum of once per month (bi-weekly is recommended) 

  • Maintain confidentiality  

  • Submit optional monthly personal and professional development opportunities from your company/organization communicated to participants throughout the year (participation is recommended)

  • One Year commitment

Important Dates:

  • Applications due: October 30, 2019 

  • Milestone meetings:

    • Program launch: January

    • 3-month check-in: April

    • 6-month check-in: July 

    • Program outcomes: October

  • Mentoring partnerships announcement: December 


Contact Don Wilson at

Submit your Mentor Application

Average application completion time: under 7 minutes

Thank you for your interest in Mentoring OUT.


Mentor FAQ:

Q: I do not identify as LGBTQ. Can I be a mentor as an Ally?

A: We greatly appreciate your support and the work you do for the LGBTQ community; however, unfortunately, we do not accept allies as mentors due to the fact that serving as a positive role model is so integral to the mentoring process, we believe that it is important that the mentors all identify as LGBTQ themselves.

Q: Why should I become a mentor?

A: As a mentor you will positively impact a LGBTQ+ student’s life. With your support and care, a mentee may learn to develop a positive LGBTQ+ identity and feel they can live authentically in their careers.  With your wisdom, a mentee may learn new skills to negotiate the challenges life can present to LGBTQ individuals. Many mentors have remarked that being a mentor was the MOST gratifying experience of their lives.

Q: What qualities do mentors have?

A: LGBTQ+ Mentors are mature, caring, responsible, and altruistic. They are LGBTQ+ individuals who want to serve as role models to others. Because they have negotiated their own coming out process, mentors know first hand the challenges inherent in self-acceptance, coming out, corporate life and finding positive community resources. It is this personal understanding that makes mentors particularly well suited to help others.

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