WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - January is National Mentor Month and while some see mentorship as something offered to kids, the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce is offering guidance for young professionals with their program, The Circuit
“It’s so hard to find any kind of mentorship, I mean this is the first kind of mentorship I’ve had that wasn’t with work,” said The Circuit Mentee Scotty Coppage. “This is what we need, this is what adults really need.”
Coppage, a former WFISD teacher, recently left his lesson plans behind to break into the podcast industry and found guidance with the program.
“I’m kind of an introvert naturally so, having to go to places and introduce myself and kind of get into that small talk and network and get into that rhythm, it’s important to me,” said Coppage.
Coppage says his mentor Katie Britt has allowed him to break out of that shell and help market his podcast.
“Having a mentor will help keep our talent here in Wichita Falls and develop those relationships that make them want to stay here,” said Britt.
Those who join The Circuit are matched with a mentor and required to become involved in the community in addition to working on their professional development.
“It gives everybody a purpose that gets involved with it and they really feel that they’re getting more out of it,” said Britt.
For Britt, she says the program is a two-way street and that as Coppage grows, she does as well.
“It makes me focus on where I want to be in five years because I can’t expect him to do that if I’m not doing it too,” said Britt.