RISE Mentoring Program

SIM Detroit, in partnership with We Build Character, is proud to announce the new mentoring program called RISE. RISE provides an exclusive leadership development opportunity for SIM Detroit members and their teams. Accepting just 10 mentees and mentors each into the program, the curriculum was developed for IT professionals looking to RISE in their careers.

The program has been built on four key elements: external mentoring, leadership development, professional networking, and a community pay-it-forward project.

This leadership program is designed to accelerate the development of the mentee/mentor relationship, bring focus to mentee's career development and expose mentees to industry trends. The mentee will complete individual assignments and a team community give-back project. Networking is a critical element and opportunities to build relationships are provided throughout the curriculum period. The program brings together career-minded, entrepreneurial-spirited individuals with experienced mentors to foster talent and retain competitive human resources statewide. Mentees must complete all assignments in a timely fashion as a requirement for graduation.

This program is for candidates who are seeking advancement toward management or advanced position of leadership within their company or community. Program candidates should be proficient in managing a function area, project/program, services, or may be considered a subject matter expert in a professional area.

The Program

Our structured curriculum includes practical learning experiences designed to enable career advancement, develop leadership behaviors and foster community involvement. Our programs include one-on-one, community and executive interactions involving participation from the mentee, mentor, executive sponsor and program alumni.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, mentees will have:
- A clear vision of their career path
- Ability to recognize the critical implications in managing their personal brand
- First-hand experience leveraging their professional network
- Participated in philanthropic activities with other mentees in the community
- Presented a career roadmap with actionable tactics


Mentee: Career-minded individuals in the technology or emerging sector industry
Mentor: Executive with mentoring abilities and the desire to coach
Executive Sponsor: Person of influence who supports the mentee

Time Commitment

Mentees will participate in monthly workshops, complete assignments, participate in a variety of community events and work proactively with their mentor. Mentors will participate in monthly meetings (virtual or in-person) with their mentee.

Mentees: 70-80 hours over a 10-month period
(Approximately 7-8 hours per month or just 15 minutes a day)

Mentors: 30-40 hours over a 10-month period
(Approximately 3 hours per month or just 6 and a half minutes a day)

Executive Sponsor: 10-12 hours over a 10-month period
(Approximately 1 hour per month or just 2 minutes per day)

How to Get Involved

To participate in the SIM Detroit RISE program, please complete the appropriate application below.

Apply to become a mentee
  Apply to Become a Mentor

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact us at rise@simdetroit.org