NFDA/YFP Mentorship Program

AIM will serve the needs of young fastener professionals by pairing them with willing mentors focused on advancing the mentee’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. 


  • To provide support and education opportunities to young fastener professionals.
  • To provide young fastener professionals with opportunities 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. 
  • 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.
  • Mentors and mentees must be available to provide periodic feedback to NFDA and YFP regarding the program

The 2024 program started in January and will run until the end of the year.  New applications for the 2025 program are now being accepted through November 1, 2024.

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