Frequently Asked Questions
What is a mentor?
As defined by the Webster dictionary, a mentor is an experience and trusted adviser
What is a mentee?
As defined by the Webster dictionary, a mentee is a person who is advised, trained, or counseled by a mentor.
What does B.L.E.M mean?
B.L.E.M. is the acronym for, “Band of Law Enforcement Mentorship,” program.
What is B.L.E.M?
B.L.E.M is an introductory program, hosted by the Chicago Association of Women in Law Enforcement, Inc. (CAWLE). For those interesting in learning more about Law/Law Enforcement. This program is the first of its kind to be introduced to a group of young ladies ages 12 to 15-year-old, using this type of ideology in both an informal and educational manner. B.L.E.M mentorship program will focus on leadership skills, team-building, activities, defensive tactic training, physical health, and educational session in law enforcement.
What is the B.L.E.M mission statement?
To motivate, inspire, and educate youth from multifaceted backgrounds to have a law enforcement career through mentorship.
What is the B.L.E.M vision?
As a Band of Law Enforcement Mentor, it is B.L.E.M's vision to motivate, encourage, and give recognition to all mentees of various backgrounds & ethnicities by coaching them to remain focus and uplifted, through life challenges during this law enforcement program.
Why become a B.L.E.M mentor/mentee?
Mentoring has many benefits. It can be an influential experience for both young people (mentees) and adults (mentors). When a relationship is established to assist one in their career or life, a bond develops. This will give both the mentor and mentee, a unique opportunity to blossom in ways neither may have imagined before.
What is the goal for B.L.E.M?
B.L.E.M's goal is to teach, empower, inspire, and motivate mentees as they are guided in the realm of a law enforcement career. With the tools of empowering, B.L.E.M will provide an important and long-lasting relationship. Each mentee, ages 12 to 15-year-old, will receive the benefits of what it is like, to have a law enforcement career as a female, in a male dominating field. Furthermore, it is B.L.E.M. hope to continue this inspiration in helping each mentee dream come true.
Why involved B.L.E.M mentors?
B.L.E.M. mentors are not only law enforcement officers (active & retired) but, their involvement in a mentee’s life serves as a guide, a positive adult role model and a confidant. A mentor's commitment to the mentee is very important.
Why are the B.L.E.M mentors female only?
First, it appears that law enforcement encompasses more males than females in this career. Secondly, there appears to be an abundance of young males’ programs. B.L.E.M decided it was time to help bridge the gap for our future generation.
How do I qualify to be a B.L.E.M mentor?
A female law enforcement officer who will be willing to share their expertise, skills, and experience to a group of eager 12 to 15-year-old females. As a law enforcement officer, your qualifications would be utilized to help mentees, interested in learning more about the law and/or having a law enforcement career.
How do I qualify to be a B.L.E.M mentee?
You must be enrolled in school and be between 12 to 15 years of age. You must be interested in learning more about law/law Enforcement.
What is the time committment for mentor-mentee sessions?
Mentors maintain weekly contact with their mentees and meet face-to-face bi-monthly for group sessions and/or law enforcement field trips. The B.L.E.M mentoring program aims at maintaining these relationships on a long-term basis. Ideally, the relationships between both mentor and mentee evolve into permanent, life-long friendships.
What is the time committement for mentees?
Mentees meet weekly with the Executive Program Director, at a designated location to participate in a weekly law enforcement-based curriculum. Mentees will also meet face-to-face bi-monthly for group sessions and/or law enforcement field trips. The B.L.E.M mentoring program aims at maintaining these relationships on a long-term basis. Ideally, the relationships between both mentor and mentee evolve into permanent, life-long friendships.
What is the cost to become a B.L.E.M mentor?
Your TIME is the cost of becoming a B.L.E.M mentor. As a law enforcement officer, it is your time to shine by sharing your expertise, knowledge, and skills.
What is the cost to become a B.L.E.M mentee?
There is no cost for mentees to participate. Uniforms, materials, field trips, and snacks are all provided by the program.
Is B.L.E.M a non profit organization ?
The B.L.E.M program operates under both profit statuses - for profit and non profit.
What will be the cost for B.L.E.M being implemented within my school or organization?
The services and costs associated with B.L.E.M partnering with schools and organzations can be dicussed by contactin the founder here.
What else should I know about B.L.E.M involvement?
If you are a female law Enforcement officer (active or retired) and would like to give back to the community, please contact me at the information below:
Are you a principal, assistant principal, group organizer, and you are aware of a group of females ages 12 to 15-years-old who would like to participate in a Law/Law Enforcement program at no cost to them, please contact Dr. Yolanda Brewer here.