What is MAX Mentors?
MAX Mentors is a professional mentorship program that connects near-career students with early career mentors and early career professionals with mid-career mentors to catalyze excellence amongst the Canadian Muslim community and help a new generation break glass ceilings.
Today, we operate in Toronto and Montreal, and will be growing to other cities across the country in the coming years.
What are people saying?
Montreal Muslims breaking glass ceilings through early career mentorship
The bilingual mentorship program MAX Mentors connects young professionals with mentors to create and enhance career opportunities. With over 180 mentor-mentee pairs, the non-profit organization has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships.
Apply Now to be a Mentor or Mentee!
How does MAX Mentors work?
1 Apply to be a part of the program!
Mentees: We have specific periods where we accept Mentee Applications. Our current intake is from March 15, 2019 – April 30, 2019. The application can take up to an hour to complete.
Mentors: We accept applications all year round!
2 Hear from a MAX Mentors volunteer.
Mentees: You will hear within 2 months of applying. All applicants are interviewed then considered for matching.
Mentors: You will hear from us within 2 months of applying.
3 Be paired with a Mentor/Mentee.
Mentees: If we are unable to find you a Mentor, we will do our very best to do so in the next intake.
Mentors: If you are not matched with a Mentee, you will be added to our databaseand matched as soon as we find the optimal match.
4 Attend the Meet & Greet! Going forward, connect with your Mentor/Mentee for 1 hour every month.
5 Attend the MAX Cafes & network with other professionals.
Check out how our Mentors and Mentees have benefited!
What have we achieved so far?
We launched in Toronto in July 2017 and expanded to Montreal in July 2018. In that time we have achieved:
Mentors and mentees from various racial/ethnic backgrounds (Black, Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian).
We are always working to increase the diversity of our program and welcome you to reach out to us with ways to improve.
- Near/early-career: The program will match select near-career students and early career professionals with mid-career professionals. Early career professionals may also mentor the near-career students, when deemed appropriate.
- Mid-career: Mid-career professionals interested in mentorship will be connected to senior professionals in their industry. Mid-career professionals may mentor early-career professionals while being mentored themselves, when deemed appropriate.
In addition to one-on-one mentorship, mentors and mentees attend quarterly events called MAX Cafes as part of the program. These events discuss themes relevant to Muslim professionals. To date we have had sessions on Wellness and Resiliency, Allyship & Adl, and Halaal Hustle.
Our mentorship program encompasses a breadth of fields – medicine, law, politics, media, start-ups and so forth. We will work with community organizations who are already organizing mentorship programs and capacity-building initiatives. To this end we work with the Muslim Medical Association of Canada, Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association, National Council of Canadian Muslims and so forth.
MAX was founded with a specific focus on highlighting the achievements of the Muslim community. The MAX Mentorship initiative is well aligned with MAX’s fundamental goal of changing the narrative about Muslims in the Canadian context. Moreover, MAX is uniquely situated in the community due to its great success in networking with community organizations, businesses, professionals and students, both within and outside of the Muslim community.
Numerous studies on the advancement of minorities into executive positions have pointed to the role of strong mentors. This program will allow us to support early career Muslims, who often need some guidance and structure in how to break into their industry of interest.
We are positioning the mentorship program as not only a mentorship program but also a community-building exercise to create a group of mentees who will motivate each other to pursue excellence.
It takes a village. We’ve made it this far because at many points someone told us they believed in us and gave us access to opportunities we otherwise would not have found.
It takes a community. We come from all corners of the world and represent all strata of society. What unites us is our humanity, our faith and our nation.
Since the time of the Prophet (PBUH), Islam has promoted a rich culture of communal assistance and mentorship. It will take all of us to build excellence amongst Canadian Muslims. For our mentors, this will be a refreshing and purposeful means of sharing invaluable wisdom. For our mentees, it will be an opportunity to kickstart, or invigorate, their careers.
We have 2 intakes per year.
Mentors: Mentor applications are always open! Once you apply, you will be part of our Mentors database and we will be in touch as soon as we find an optimal match for you. We advise all Mentors it can take 6-12 months to get matched due to mentee availability, among many other factors. Once the best match is found you will hear from one of our volunteers.
Mentees: Applications open close to each intake. Please keep an eye out for application dates. Our applications are currently open from March 15, 2019 – April 30, 2019.