Mentorship


Sharing Knowledge for Integenerational Growth

We are launching a mentorship program to connect seasoned professionals with young professionals and to grow the next generation of Kingdom-driven leaders across all industries.

Become A Mentor

AYP is looking for professionals of all backgrounds interested in mentoring a young professional. Based on your interests and available time commitment, our team will place mentors and mentees for optimal success!

Request A Mentor

We are currently pairing our AYP team members with mentors but plan to begin pairing all AYPers with mentors in Summer 2024. Sign up to be the first to be connected with a mentor when the public program launches!

How AYP's Mentorship Program Works

We are currently developing our mentorship framework, recruiting mentors, and connecting our AYP team members with mentors. Our goal is to launch our public mentorship program in Summer 2024. Through this program, our goal is to:

Screening Process

Mentors are vetted by our mentorship team and upon approval, are added to AYP’s online mentor directory. 

Finding A Mentor

AYPers browse the directory to get to know potential mentors. They then request a mentor through our online portal.

Ensuring A Good Fit

Our mentorship team verifies that the mentor and mentee will be a good fit then introduces the mentor and mentee via email. 

Getting Connected

Upon the introduction being facilitated, the mentor schedule a time to meet with the mentee and develop a roadmap.

Meet Ups

Based on the introductory call, the mentor and mentee meets on a frequency and platform that works for both parties.

Touchpoints

Between mentorship meeting, mentees and mentors keep in touch via AYP’s online portal.

Program Duration

Some mentors and mentees meet for a few months while others meet indefinitely. AYP intentionally facilitates a flexible environment.

Equipped To Lead

The hope is that this program equips AYPers to lead in their area of work, life, and ministry – following God’s calling according to their talents and gifts!

A short questionnaire will be sent to you in order for us at AYP to capture key information about yourself, your experience and your availability to serve as a mentor. Following this, a member of the Mentorship Program team will get in touch to have a virtual getting to know you interview, where you will be introduced to the formal requirements of the mentorship role. Finally, your details will be held in our mentor database to allow for the mentorship team to match you with a suitable mentee. The introduction to the mentee will be facilitated by the mentorship team.

This is completely at your discretion. You can indicate in your application form if you would like to mentor more than one mentee, as well as how many hours per week you can offer as a mentor. When the mentorship program team match mentors with mentees, the introductory conversation will always be facilitated around mutual expectations – so any time commitments can be outlined by both parties. 
The current process is that the Mentorship program team will look at the details provided by the mentors and mentees and look for best fits for matching. This is not a full proof process, but is always driven by mentor and mentee feedback as to suitability. Whilst we will encourage both parties to be open minded, we also recognise the requirements of the mentees as the driving force behind a desire to learn from a mentor that has either desired experience or common ground in terms of background or other areas. However, should you as a potential mentor wish to serve with a particular type of mentee, then this can be outlined in your application form or in dialogue with the mentorship program team during the onboarding process.

This is at the discretion of both the mentee(s) and yourself. The initial meeting between both parties is where mutual expectations are established, especially around meeting duration, scheduling and platform/channels. We do not prescribe a particular channel, however audio or video calls on secure platforms, whilst in person meetings may present more logistical challenges. Normally the mentee may mention if they require more meetings with you as a mentor, however they may not take up all of the agreed upon meetings due to other factors.

At AYP, we are looking to empower young people to serve both professionally as well as spiritually. Your role as a mentor is primarily to act as a faithful listener to the mentee, especially in the initial meeting(s). This is key to ensure the mentee has an opportunity to outline what their needs may be. That being said, your role as a mentee is not to provide answers, but rather reflective conversations that also include where relevant your own personal experiences in your professional career, as well as the overlap in how God has guided you. Your role as a mentor will be outlined to the mentee formally as part of the introduction by the mentorship program team so that you do not feel unable to provide the guidance required. You will be given opportunities/be encouraged to provide feedback to the mentorship program team at all stages of the mentorship process so that we can understand both the mentee and your needs/concerns.

This is a welcomed prospect, especially if the individuals in your organization already act as mentors to their fellow colleagues. Either way, the Mentorship program team would be keen to understand what time commitments the mentors can provide as well as their areas of expertise and background. Those who wish to sign up can be provided with a link and potentially be matched with mentees. For ease, it could be possible to arrange group mentor training/introductions with the mentorship program team if all potential mentors within your organization. Alternatively this can happen on an individual basis prior to the matching process with mentees, especially those who are interested in developing professional experience related to your organization.

The current process is that the Mentorship program team will look at the details provided by the mentors and mentees and look for best fits for matching. This is not a full proof process, but is always driven by mentor and mentee feedback as to suitability. Whilst we will encourage both parties to be open minded, we also recognise the requirements of the mentees as the driving force behind a desire to learn from a mentor that has either desired experience or common ground in terms of background or other areas. However, should you as a potential mentee wish to have a particular type of mentee, then this can be outlined in your application form or in dialogue with the mentorship program team during the onboarding process.
This is at the discretion of both the mentors and yourself. The initial meeting between both parties is where mutual expectations are established, especially around meeting duration, scheduling and platform/channels. We do not prescribe a particular channel, however audio or video calls on secure platforms, whilst in person meetings may present more logistical challenges. Normally the mentee may mention if they require more meetings with the mentor, however you have no obligation to take up all of the agreed upon meetings.
At AYP, we are looking to empower young people to serve both professionally as well as spiritually. The role of a mentor is primarily to act as a faithful listener to the mentee, especially in the initial meeting(s). This is key to ensure the mentee has an opportunity to outline what their needs may be. That being said, the role of the mentor is not to provide answers, but rather reflective conversations that also include where relevant their own personal experiences in their professional career, as well as the overlap in how God has guided them. Their role as a mentor will be outlined to you the mentee formally as part of the introduction by the mentorship program team. You will be given opportunities/be encouraged to provide feedback to the mentorship program team at all stages of the mentorship process so that we can understand both the mentor and your needs/concerns.

Mentor Directory

Meet our network of mentors from across the globe!

Mentorship Team

Connect with our team to share your ideas and to find out how you can get involved!

Christina Lindsay

Christina Lindsay

Director of Human Relations
Christina.Lindsay@AYP.me

Andrew Lombart

Andrew Lombart

Mentorship Program Manager
Andrew.Lombart@ayp.me

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for additional ways to serve with us? Explore our open volunteer opportunities!

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David Asscherick

David is a speaker/director for Light Bearers and ARISE co-founder and instructor. Since his baptism in 1999, David has traveled the globe preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Violeta are the happy parents of two boys, Landon and Jabel.

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Lundquist, host of Rise & Lead, will headline 2023 AYP Convention.

Benjamin Lundquist is a top motivational speaker and one the leading voices for leadership development and empowerment. He is passionate about helping students and professionals see their worth and value, see themselves as a leader, and see their potential to change the world. The message he shares is motivating, relatable, and highly practical. Audiences are challenged to take extreme ownership of the unique gifts and opportunities they have. He is an international speaker and host of Rise and Lead Podcast which has been downloaded in over 110 countries providing aspiring and experienced leaders of all ages with world-class content and conversation. He frequently speaks at corporate and faith events, universities, and high schools.

Identity in Christ | Breakout Track

April is currently an associate pastor for discipleship at Keene SDA church. She is enrolled in a dual graduate program for Public Health and MDIV chaplaincy. She enjoys working with different ministries that highlight service, hospitality, and life enrichment. 

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and extreme sports. An introvert at heart, she enjoys moments with close friends and in the quiet. Her and her husband, Blake Snyder reside in Burleson, Texas.

Purpose & Calling | Breakout Track

Ann Roda likes to describe her life as one long adventure with God. She began her career as a registered nurse in OB then transitioned into healthcare administration. Then, God unexpectedly redirected her path to the Adventist Theological Seminary, for an MDiv, and into pastoral ministry. She spent 15 years as a church pastor in Marietta, Georgia and Fulton, Maryland. Six years ago, God had another adventure for Ann, and called her back into the health care ministry, serving with Adventist HealthCare as Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care. 

This position is the perfect combination of both pastoral ministry and health care. Ann is married to Jose Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.

Relationships | Breakout Track

Stephen and Felecia Lee are partners in the mission. They share a mutual passion for young adult ministries and using their talents to share the Gospel online and through speaking engagements. Stephen helps individuals and businesses function more efficiently through time management and productivity techniques. Felecia is a full-time homemaker and also the founder of the New Wives Club. 

In addition to this, she runs a program teaching women of color how to learn principles of faith through natural hair care. They live in New Hampshire and speak in different places on topics related to singleness, courtship, communication, evangelism, and faith.

Spiritual Health | Breakout Track

Shawn is passionate about generations coming together! She grew up in a four-generation family business and knows, from first-hand experience, that when people of all ages work together, everyone wins!

She has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Nebraska and is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Her professional certifications include being a member of the John Maxwell Team and DISC Behavioral Consultant. Recently she published her first book “Strategies for Generational Inclusion at Work.”

Communities | Breakout Track

Michael Gibson currently serves as the Lead Pastor at the Keene SDA Church where he most previously served for four years as Pastor for Young Adults and lead Elevate, a growing and thriving young adult community in Keene. Michael is married to Melissa and they both enjoy the outdoors, long walks, and traveling to new, unexplored places. 

Most days, when he’s not teaching, preaching or studying, you’ll find him playing disc golf or working on home renovations with Melissa. They recently welcomed their son, Micah Eden, into the world last October and ever since, life has taken on a whole new meaning. Above all, Michael and Melissa have a passion for discipleship and telling others about the incredible God they serve. For them, the gospel boils down to loving God and loving people.