Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stockmen's Mentoring Model
The North Dakota Stockmen's Association has created a mentoring program adaptable for Oklahoma and similar states with ranching businesses. The model also provides a framework for other careers. 

How would you adapt this for your community and industries? 


The mentoring program is designed to help high school and college students explore the 
career area of their choice by matching them with an expert in that field to help teach them 
more about that trade. 

The teams commit eight months to one another starting in February and ending in late 

Through visits and mini-work experiences, the mentors help expose the proteges to 
opportunities related to the beef cattle industry and challenge them to become leaders in it.

The proteges are chosen from a large group of applicants by a committee who select the 
individuals based on their application responses to short-answer questions about why they 
would like to work in their chosen area of agriculture.

Teams will be selected in December and the Mentoring Workshop will take place in early 

Teams are required to attend the workshop, then meet four times before the end 
of September. 

Proteges will turn in at least four journal entrees and 25 career-specific 
vocabulary words and their definitions.

Application and reference letter deadline for the [next year's] Mentoring Program is in 

Of course, we would incorporate the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th Edition.

Photos of the workshop and meetings from the website

North Dakota Stockmen's Association

407 S. 2nd St.
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 223-2522
Uniting, protecting, promoting, educating and serving 
North Dakota's beef cattle industry over 85 years.

Part of the online application

Questions from the mentee's application form

1. Why are you interested in this area of the industry?

2. What would you like to learn from this mentorship?

3. What are your career goals?

4. What experience do you already have in this career field?

5. What could a mentor do to help guide you in your career path?


Ret. 2-13-15


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