KC Adams with mentee Storm Angeconeb

Careers in the Arts Youth and Young Adult Mentorship

KC Adams with mentee Storm Angeconeb (2016-17 individual mentorship program).

About youth and young adult mentorship

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts youth and young adult mentorship programs provide opportunities for youth and young adults to be exposed to careers in arts and culture. Participants are mentored by someone working in an arts or cultural career through group workshops, individual consultation, volunteer work experience and participation in career development workshops. Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Mentorship Program is made possible by the Province of Manitoba. We currently offer three streams of mentorship:

 1. Individual  mentorship pairs (for 19-29 year-old residents of Winnipeg and surrounding area.) See who participated in the 2017-2018 placement. The 2018-19 Application window is now closed.  

2 . Group mentorships (for ages 16-19) in Film-making, Creative writing, Music Management and Promotion, and Interactive Digital Media.  8 session programs run between January and April.  Applications will be accepted starting in late October for the winter 2019 programs.

3. Rural/community mentorship (for youth ages 16-29 living outside of Winnipeg). Applications are accepted between October and November each year. Programs may take place over any period of 5-8 months between October and June.  Please contact the program coordinator if you have a proposal.

For more information, contact Jan Skene at jan@creativemanitoba.ca or call Creative Manitoba at 204-927-2787.

Rural/community mentorship (16-29 year-olds)

Rural/community mentorship (16–29 year-olds)

About:

Creative Manitoba offers a mentorship program for youth ages 16-29 living outside Winnipeg but within Manitoba. Experienced artists working in rural communities are contracted to provide mentorship with an individual or small group of youth over a total period of five months. Mentorship partnerships are aimed at a variety of artistic disciplines, including: writing/publishing, museum, film, photography, crafts, multimedia, design, theatre, dance, music and visual arts with an artistic, administrative or technical focus.

Dates:

  • Proposals for this program are accepted between October and November each year, or until the program is full.
  • Mentorships may take place over any period of 5-8 months, completed by June at the latest.
  • Exceptions to this timeline will be considered dependent on the proposal’s specific needs.

How it works:

  • Mentors and mentees must be willing to commit to a minimum of 5 direct contact hours per month working together on their artistic pursuit, for a total of five months (25 hours).
  • The youth mentee, under their mentor’s direction, must commit an additional 5 hours per month fulfilling volunteer, community and networking opportunities. (25 hours total)
  • A mentor may work with 1 to 3 youth (simultaneously) depending on the age of the youth.
  • Programs may be custom designed to take place over a longer timeline as long as the hourly commitments are fulfilled and the program is completed by June 30, 2019.

Fees:

Mentors will receive an honorarium of $1,500 based on the time commitments above.

Ways to participate:

  1. Mentor and mentee(s) should apply as a team. For the year of the proposed pairing, the youth cannot be a registered student or an employee of the mentor.
  2. A youth may apply without a specific mentor in mind, however suggestions for an appropriate mentor from your community or area will be requested in the application.
  3. A mentor may express their availability and interest by emailing jan@creativemanitoba.ca with a CV or résumé and a cover letter outlining their area of expertise.  Mentors will be expected to assist in the process of identifying potential youth mentees from their area/community.

How to apply:

  1. Read the mentor guidelines
  2. Read the mentee guidelines
  3. Download permission form and have it filled out and returned to you (if applicable)
  4. Read the application form below. Collaborate on any necessary areas and prepare your application answers in a Word doc to copy and paste from.
  5. Fill out the online application and attach all supporting materials. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer as your browser. If needed, you will be able to save an incomplete application to continue later.
  6. If you have questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact Jan Skene, Mentorship Programs Manager at jan@creativemanitoba.ca.

Group mentorship (16-19 year-olds)

Group mentorship (16-19 year-olds)

Creative Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts offers youth the chance to participate in a choice of 4 different  group mentorship programs.  These 8 session programs  take place between January and April.  Lead by an established lead mentor, each session also features guest mentors who will introduce the youth to all facets of their chosen creative discipline.  Each program culminates in a final event/presentation.

Programs are free of charge for youth selected through our application process.

NOTE: This program will be open to applications again in late October, 2018 – the information below is based on the 2017-18 program and is subject to change.  Guidelines are also from last year’s programs.  

Filmmaking – 8 Wednesdays

The Youth Mentorship program in Filmmaking will introduce participants to the art of filmmaking, from writing and storytelling to the technical side of making films. Participants will have the opportunity to make a short film.
Partner: Winnipeg Film Group
Download guidelines-filmmaking

Music marketing and promotion  – 8 Mondays

The Youth Mentorship program in Music Marketing and Promotion will introduce participants to a variety of fields within the music industry including: artist management, record marketing, publicity and concert promotion. Participants learn from music industry professionals, while also working directly on the production, release and promotion of a music project. Musical performance skills are not required for this mentorship stream; music enthusiasts are encouraged to apply.
Partner: Manitoba Music
Download guidelines-music marketing & promotion

NEW! Interactive Digital Media – 8 Mondays

Youth participants will be introduced to the exciting world of interactive digital media focussing on developing character designs and concepts,  as well as career, networking and training opportunities within our community. Students will have the opportunity to take a portfolio ready character design sheet and exhibit their work in a gallery setting.
Partner: New Media Manitoba
Download guidelines-interactive digital media

Creative Writing  – 8 Tuesdays

The Youth Mentorship program in writing fiction will introduce participants to the writing process, storytelling and communication. Participants will give a public reading of their work and will publish a group anthology at the end of the course.
Partner: Winnipeg Public Library
Download guidelines-creative writing

Individual mentorship (19-29 year-olds)

Individual mentorship (19-29 year-olds)

About

Youth and young adults ages 19-29, residing in Winnipeg or within 50 km, can be mentored in any artistic discipline–creative, administrative, or technical. Within the chosen artistic area, the program’s aim is to offer structured one-on-one tutelage from a recognized mentor, networking opportunities within the industry, volunteer work experience and development of essential skills and knowledge of the arts and cultural sector. The program runs over 7 months, from late September through April.  The 2018-19 program is  underway and the application window is closed. 

Fees

Participants selected for this program will be required to become Creative Manitoba members at a cost of $15-$20.
Mentors receive an honourarium of $2,000. 

Ways to participate:

  1. Mentor and mentee may apply as a team, with the support of a third-party nominator. For the year of the proposed pairing, the youth cannot be a registered student or an employee of the mentor.
  2. A youth may apply without a specific mentor in mind, and if selected, Creative Manitoba will make their best effort to find an appropriate mentor.
  3. A mentor may express their availability and interest by emailing jan@creativemanitoba.ca with a CV or résumé and a cover letter outlining their area of expertise.

How to apply as  1) Mentee-Mentor Team or 2)  Mentee only:  

(See #3 above if you are submitting your interest in being considered as a mentor). 

  1. Read all guidelines, tips and forms provided in the application package below. Read the application.
  2. Prepare your application answers in a Word doc to copy and paste from. Collaborate with your mentor on any necessary areas (Eg: your one paragraph mentorship proposal).
  3. Collect your supporting materials. Have your mentor send you their completed application form and their résumé or CV. Have your nominator send you their completed nomination form. Be sure to include your name or initials in the file name.
  4. Fill out the online application and attach all supporting materials. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer as your browser. If needed, you will be able to save an incomplete application to continue later.
  5. If you have questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact Jan Skene, Mentorship Programs Manager at jan@creativemanitoba.ca.

Application package:

  1. Read tips for applying
  2. Read mentee guidelines
  3. Read mentor guidelines
  4. Download mentor application form
  5. Download nominator support form

Applications are now closed