2022 SAME Camp Mentor Position is Now Open

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About Mentoring

According to the Institute for Broadening Participation, “mentoring is giving your time, attention, insights, and advice.”

Mentoring is about helping a mentee develop social capital within an environment where they have the resources and support to develop technical and intellectual capital. Simply providing resources for a mentee to accomplish a research project (i.e. develop technical/intellectual capital) is not mentoring. That is the minimum requirement to setup an appropriate learning environment. Mentoring takes place in the personal interactions with the mentee.” (The Mentoring Manual, Institute for Broadening Participation, Funded by the National Science Foundation, 2012)

Mentoring is a key component to SAME engagement efforts to maintain leadership in the A/E/C industries and ensure the country has the STEM professionals it needs to secure the nation. Mentoring also offers an excellent opportunity for leader development by the mentor and the mentee. Led by the mentoring advisory group, SAME is working to connect mentoring opportunities across the Society into one strategy. 

From camp mentoring to mentoring of LDP participants to engaging with student members and young professionals at SAME national events, SAME is working to advance mentoring across the Society as shown on the graphic below.



Mentoring Across SAME: A Guide to Mentoring Opportunities Across SAME (click here)

Working under the guidance of the SAME Leader Development Community of Interest (LD COI), the Mentoring Advisory Group is pleased to provide this guide to mentoring opportunities found at SAME. As one of the four main pillars of the LD COI, we consider mentoring is an “essential” leadership skill.  Mentorship is critical to help members identify, develop, and utilize contacts and resources. Mentoring opportunities abound for those seeking them.


Mentoring Toolkit--A How-To Manual for Developing Your Own Mentoring Program (TBD)
In production. 

Mentoring Across SAME

Mentoring engages the support of 30,000 members located at 105 chapters/posts around world, 1,400 member firms, representation from every DOD engineering service, and a national office in Alexandria, VA. SAME leads collaborative efforts to maintain leadership in the A/E/C industries and ensure the country has the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) professionals it needs to engage generations to come.


The Mentor Role at SAME

  • shares an interest in sustaining the SAME values and goals related to STEM
  • requires a commitment to personal interaction1
  • desires to inspire and engage
  • utilizes the resources and support in the growth environment provided
  • provides feedback regarding the effectiveness of the educational opportunity
  • looks for opportunities to expand SAME mentoring efforts
  • likes to have fun!

Benefits of Mentoring

  • Provides opportunity to Give back
  • Increases social circles and contacts within a professional network
  • Reciprocal growth potential: increased communication and leadership skills
  • Develop or maintain connections to universities within your local community.
  • Increases your awareness of benefits of SAME
  • Professional skill continuity and job security for mentor’s industry

Mentoring Outcomes

  • Increased opportunity for development of Next Generation
  • Support of US world class military, government, civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our Nation.
  • Recognition of individuality: strengths, roles and avenues to success.
  • Support team concepts including roles, responsibilities, accountability, and goals.
  • Stronger leadership skills through training, assignments and mentoring roles.
  • Foster STEM leadership for the Nation!

Tips for Mentors

  • Mentors don’t make the Mentee; they make the mentee better!
  • Believe in yourself & your own capabilities!
  • Be prepared:
    • Know your role
    • Listen
    • Set your boundaries; be clear and precise
    • Interact and share
    • Invest time into knowing your mentee: the more you know the more you can help
    • Maintain and respect privacy, honesty and integrity
    • Honor your commitments and confidences
    • Provide and obtain feedback
  • Help them:
    • Identify learning opportunities with SAME
    • Network
    • Understand what feedback looks like

Additional Resources

Submitting A Best Practice

In order to better promote mentoring across the Society, we need to know what Posts, firms, agencies, and members are doing to mentor other SAME members.

How can Posts, firms, agencies, and members benefit from your best practices and lessons learned?

Please use this form to submit your information.

Mentoring Opportunities

Annual Fellows Events

Leader Development Mentor

Developed with support from the SAME Foundation, the LDP identifies and cultivates talent from within the SAME membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. Participants explore individual strengths and team dynamics. The program supports the development of the next generation of world class military, government, civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our Nation. LDP is a yearlong commitment, running from Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) to the following JETC.

Serve as a mentor to help shepherd the professional development of these promising professionals throughout the program year. In this role, you will provide individual professional guidance and support to advance their leadership skills. Mentors are typically recruited in April of each year.

To learn more, visit the main LDP page, or contact Susan Thames, LDP Mentor POC.

Camp Mentor

The success of the SAME camps program depends on the experience and talents contributed by the staff, cadets, college students, and other volunteers that come from our many SAME Posts and partner organizations. They fill critical mentor and staff roles. The Camps COI is always looking for volunteers to serve as mentors, squad leaders, logistical support, and other staff positions that ensures the camps continued success. Mentor and staff recruitment activities are in high gear January – June.

To learn more about camp mentor recruitment and how you can help, visit the camp mentoring page. If you have questions about serving as a mentor/staff, contact the specific camp director, or email Jeannine Finton, SAME Program Manager.

Academy of Fellows

Building on their historic commitment to mentoring, the Academy of Fellows (AOF) is accepting the challenge, asking our members to actively join the rank of “Mentor” by increasing their engagement in SAME mentoring activities. This is reflected in the AOF Charge:

“I charge you to be a mentor. A Fellow fully understands the importance of growing future professionals and leaders and continually seeks opportunities to do so. A Fellow actively participates in SAME education, training and professional development programs, sharing experience, insight, expertise and best practices and doing so with enthusiasm. May the laurel branch with berries on your medallion remind you to remain a mentor throughout your professional career.”

Fellows nurture student members by mentoring at SAME camps and post K-12 outreach events, cultivate emerging leaders by mentoring for the Leader Development Program, and ensure SAME young professionals advance in their career pursuits by co-hosting mentoring events and trainings with the Young Professionals COI at SAME national events. To learn more about the AOF's mentoring efforts, visit the AOF webpage, or contact Philios Angelides, the AOF VIce Chair for Mentoring.

Post-level Mentoring Programs

Does your Post conduct a mentoring program? If so, the LD COI would like to make sure your program is represented as part of the LD COI mentoring strategy. If your Post has a Mentoring POC, make sure they sign on to be part of the LD COI so they can add to the body of knowledge of the community. To learn more, contact Gerald Morris, CDT, LEED AP BD&C, PMP, CCM, Post-level Mentoring POC on the Mentoring Advisory Group.

Sustaining Member Leader Development/Mentoring Programs

If your company is an SAME sustaining member and runs an internship, mentoring, or leader development program, please let us know so we can include you in our inventory. If they don’t, is there interest to start one? To let us know about your program, or to find out what it takes to set up mentoring program, contact Thad Tobaben at William.tobaben@kiewit.com, Sustaining Member POC on the Mentoring Advisory Group.

Agency Mentoring

Mentoring increases the lethality of the U.S. armed forces, ensures talent is retained and recruited, and increases diversity and learning. Each service branch invests in its own mentoring strategy. For more information about the general duties of the Agency Mentoring and to help identify government mentoring programs and resources please reach out to Capt. Ashlee Ellis, at ashlee.ellis.1@us.af.mil, Agency Mentoring POC on the Mentoring Advisory Group.



Mentoring Training


Title: Mentoring Matters No Matter Where

Presenter: Colonel Ray Kimball, Chief of Faculty Learning, Innovation, Collaboration, and Research and Director of the Center for Junior Officers, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Join Col Kimball on a prerecorded discussion on why mentoring matters. Topics include whether or not mentoring is different for enlisted, officers, and industry; the difference between coaching and mentoring; whether or not supervisors can or should be mentors; peer mentoring; and cross-gender/cross-ethnicity mentoring. This is a valuable webinar for those looking for the perfect mentor and those wishing to be true leaders with the capacity to mentor others.

Watch the Webinar on YouTube

“I urge you to approach this honor of being invested as a Fellow not as a moment in time, or a professional ‘lifetime achievement award’ of sorts. Rather, I urge you to approach your new status as Fellow as the start of a new opportunity, a charge to be a role model, a charge to be a mentor, and a charge to share all you have learned with future leaders with whom much can be shared, and just as much learned.”

-Heather Wishart-Smith, P.E., PMP, LEED AP, F.SAME, F.ASCE, 2018 Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Awardee