Thanks for your interest in helping our incredible, passionate, and committed group of Run for Something candidates. Our community of first-time candidates will bring the raw materials and you’ll bring the know-how, teaming up to ensure we see progressive candidates at every level of local, county, and state government.
Whether you’re a messaging expert, an innovative technologist, a fundraising guru, a policy wonk, or an organizing phenom, we have candidates we’d like to connect you with to help them be the best candidates they can be.
Here’s how it works:
- You fill out a (very) short form to be added to our Mentor Directory. Tell us a bit about your experience and areas where you’d be willing to advise a candidate.
- Our candidates reach out to us when they need help and tell us what issues they need advice on.
- If your skills meet the candidate’s needs, RFS will email you — connecting you to the candidate to set up a 30-minute phone call.
- RFS will give you specific information about what the candidate is looking for advice on, so you can prepare ahead of time.
When you commit to being a mentor, you promise to:
- Set aside some time for candidate meetings — no more than twice a month.
- Answer candidate questions respectfully, honestly, and to the best of your ability.
- Provide feedback to RFS staff on how things are going and how we might improve.
- Provide advice on a purely volunteer basis.
To be clear, you’re not expected to:
- Build a long-term relationship with each and every candidate you speak with. If there are certain people you meet along the way that excite you, feel free to pursue a continuing relationship. This is at your discretion.
- Be able to answer everything. Please feel free to defend your time and let a candidate know if a question falls outside of your purview.