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NFDA & Young Fastener Professionals Mentoring Program




  • The NFDA/YFP mentorship program will serve the needs of young fastener professionals by pairing them with willing mentors focused on advancing the menteeā€™s personal career goals. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on professional skills that the mentee wants to acquire and that the mentor has to offer.
  • Mentees will be required to develop a specific set of goals which form the basis of the mentor/mentee relationship, and mentors are asked to work with the mentee on advancing these objectives.
  • In order to have the best possible partnering, both the mentor and mentee must clearly understand their roles.
  • All mentees and mentors are required to follow the guidelines below.



  • To provide support and education opportunities to young fastener professionals
  • To provide young fastener professionals with a mentor and volunteer experiences to enhance their career development and expand their professional networks
  • To encourage more young fastener professionals to assume leadership roles in the fastener industry
  • To expose mentors and their organizations to new ideas
  • To develop a more diverse leadership pool for the fastener industry


Program Requirements

  • Mentors and mentees must be willing to assume the appropriate roles as defined below.
  • In order to participate in this program, mentees and mentors must complete their respective applications.
  • Participants need to be willing to make a minimum twelve-month commitment. At the end of this time, mentors and mentees can reapply to the program, should they wish.
  • Mentees may only have one mentor at a time.
  • Mentors need not be from NFDA member companies, but priority will be given to mentors from member companies.
  • Mentees must be from NFDA or YFP member companies.
  • Mentors and mentees must be available to provide periodic feedback to NFDA and YFP regarding the program.


Role of Mentee

  • Mentees need to complete the Mentorship Program Application Form - Mentees through the YFP website.
  • Mentees are responsible for facilitating the relationship.
  • Mentees are responsible for driving the relationship, meaning that mentees must have clear goals for what they want to achieve from participation and take responsibility for pursuing those objectives.
  • Mentees should take initiative and communicate with mentors to schedule meetings, communicating regularly with their mentors.
  • Mentees should be prepared with questions and goals to work on with their mentor during each scheduled session. Suggested best practice is to share topics for conversation a week before the call to give the mentor time to think about the issues.
  • Mentees must keep scheduled commitments and provide advance notice of any unforeseen conflicts requiring rescheduling.
  • Mentees must not ask their mentors for a job during the mentorship period.
  • Mentees are expected to be professional, courteous, and gracious in every interaction with their mentors.


Role of Mentor

  • Mentors need to complete the Mentorship Program Application Form - Mentors. This information will be used by mentees to request possible matches.
  • Mentors are responsible for meeting with their mentees on a regular basis.
  • When mentees give mentors call topics in advance, mentors are encouraged to think about resources and experiences that can speak to that issue.
  • Mentors are responsible for attending calls in a timely manner and providing as much advance notice as possible of conflicts requiring rescheduling.
  • Mentors should not offer employment to their mentees during the mentorship period.
  • Mentors are expected to be professional, courteous, and gracious in every interaction with their mentees.
  • Mentors are requested to serve in a supportive and nurturing role, encouraging their mentee's professional development and growth.

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