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Mentorship Program

Mentorship Overview

Second Act’s mentorship program is the cornerstone of our organization. We take great pride in tailoring each mentorship to the needs of applicants through a thoughtful and individualized matching process to pair mentees with the members of our community best suited to assist them.

Mentorship Types

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1:1 Mentorship

Personalized individual coaching with +4 sessions with 1 Second Act mentor



One-off coaching sessions with multiple mentors in the Second Act network

Mentorship Process




The mentorship matching process takes place in 3 steps: 


1) Mentee applicants fill out our questionnaire and provide background information, interests, and career goals. At this stage applicants also choose between 1:1 Mentorship or Multi-Mentorship.


2) The Second Act team reviews each applicant's profile to determine eligibility for the program, and identify the right mentor(s) for each mentee. Mentors are first notified of a possible match.


3) A kick-off email is then sent to both mentee and mentor, introducing the pairing and setting expectations for the mentorship. For 1:1 Mentorships, mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least four times over a six month period. 


Note that mentees in 1:1 Mentorships are also eligible to participate in our Multi-Mentor program.



  • Background in some form of dance (pre-professional, or professional)

  • +20 years of age

  • Experience in a field other than dance

  • Recommended: pursuing or graduated from undergraduate degree or equivalent certification


  • Dedicate 1-2 hours per month to coaching sessions, responding to emails and end of mentorship feedback

  • Correspond with the Second Act team and mentee(s) in a timely and professional manner



  • Pre-professional / professional dance or other performing arts background

  • +18 years of age

  • Demonstrated interest and commitment


  • Maintain professional and timely communications with the Second Act team, including mid-point check-ins and end of mentorship feedback sessions

  • Treat Second Act mentors with respect, in recognition that this service is free due to the generosity of our volunteer mentors 

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"People try and hide dance on their resumes. But when I interviewed in finance, everyone I spoke to wanted to know more about my dance experience. It defines the way I approach work and look at things."

-Leah Hirsch, Board Member

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