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Mentorship program

© Michelle Smith Lewis

The Fall 2021 mentorship program is currently underway. Applications will be closed until January 2022. Please come back then!  

The SIBs Mentorship Program serves underrepresented populations and those that historically have had less access to blacksmithing and metal arts. This program matches mentees and mentors around areas of interest or identity in order to create meaningful connections. This is a remote mentorship program, with no in-person instruction or meetings. The goal is to provide support to those who are currently practicing the craft in order to advance their abilities and learn how to navigate becoming a professional blacksmith or metal artist. 

Who can apply?

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to the SIBs Mentorship Program. 
 
Although all are welcome to apply as mentees, the Mission Statement of SIBs prioritizes the participation of women, BIPOC folks, the AAPI community, LGBTQIA individuals, those with disabilities, and others who are historically underrepresented in the field. Minors are not eligible to apply at this time. This is a fully virtual mentorship program. 

being a mentor

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to be a SIBs Mentor. Metalwork does not have to be your full time job as long as you have knowledge that will be valuable to a mentee. 

This is a virtual program so you will not be expected to host mentees in your work space.

being a mentee

Anyone over the age of 18 who currently has access to metalworking tools and facilities can apply to be a SIBs mentee. The mentorship program prioritize smiths from historically underrepresented populations as mentees.
 
This is a virtual mentorship program - you must have your own tools and access to a place to work to be able to participate effectively.

How does it work? 

After being paired, mentors and mentees commit to communicating for four hours per month for a three month period, a total of 12 hours minimum contact time. This communication will be all virtual and can be in the form of phone calls, emails, video calls, etc. Mentors and mentees are free to establish their preferred methods of communication and schedules. 

Not able to apply for the program right now? That's ok, we have lots of other ways to participate, click around to check them out!