mentorship

AMPLIFY HORSE RACING
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

MENTEE APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 2

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 The Amplify Horse Racing Mentorship Program will pair young adults (mentees) who are interested in potentially pursuing a Thoroughbred industry career, with experienced industry professionals (mentors).

These pairings are meant to educate about the Thoroughbred industry and develop an understanding for its nuances; teach important skills and knowledge needed to pursue a job or career; and facilitate meaningful conversations between experienced professionals and newcomers about the realities of employment in the Thoroughbred industry.

The objectives of the program are to improve accessibility into the Thoroughbred industry, and develop understanding of what it is like to work in the sport by leveraging the passion, knowledge and experience of current industry professionals.

The initial pilot program will facilitate 10 mentor-mentee pairings through two mentorship approaches: 

  • In-Person: Five mentees based in Kentucky will be selected and paired with mentors who work in the state. This pilot will focus on in-person meetings and engagement. 
  • Virtual: Five mentees will be selected from anywhere in the U.S. and paired with suitable mentors. These pairs will meet virtually, removing geographic or transportation barriers that could limit interested young adults from connecting with the Thoroughbred industry. 

The Amplify Horse Racing Mentorship Program is open to individuals aged 18-22, who demonstrate a desire to learn and a strong interest in working in the Thoroughbred industry. There are no restrictions based on academic achievement or industry experience. 

The initial mentorship program, which Amplify Horse Racing is using as a pilot, will take place from August-October 2021. Upon completion of the program, feedback will be gathered from participants to assess the viability of offering the program multiple times annually and including youth mentees.

POTENTIAL MENTEE APPLICANTS

ELIGIBILITY

Must be 18-22 years of age and a resident of the United States. There are no restrictions based on academic achievement or Thoroughbred industry experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE & INTERVIEWS

The application deadline is Friday, July 2. Qualified applicants will be notified by Friday, July 9 of whether they have successfully reached the interview phase.

IDEAL CANDIDATES

The ideal candidate would be one who has a strong interest in working in the Thoroughbred industry, but has limited experience or knowledge about how to get involved. Those with a strong general equine interest who would like to learn more about working in the Thoroughbred industry are also welcome to apply.

MENTORSHIP PAIRINGS

Mentorship pairings will be made based on perceived compatibility between a mentee’s areas of interest in the Thoroughbred industry and their mentor’s career field.

TIME REQUIREMENT

In total, Amplify Horse Racing estimates that the program will require around 6 hours or more

Once selected, mentors and mentees will be provided a virtual introduction by Amplify Horse Racing, and will meet once per month in August, September and October of 2021. Upon completion of the final meeting, mentees will be asked to meet with Amplify to provide feedback about their experience, and all mentor/mentee pairs will participate in a virtual sendoff assembly. Mentors and mentees will determine the dates and the duration of their meetings.

VIRTUAL VS. IN-PERSON

The initial pilot program will facilitate 10 mentor-mentee pairings through two mentorship approaches: 

In-Person: Five mentees based in Kentucky will be eligible for an in-person mentorship option, meaning they will be paired with mentors who work in the Kentucky Thoroughbred industry. This pilot will focus on in-person meetings and engagement as determined between the mentor and mentee. This could include Thoroughbred industry events such as sales, races, or farm visits. 

Virtual: Five mentees will be selected from anywhere in the U.S. and paired with suitable mentors. These pairs will meet virtually, removing geographic or transportation barriers that could limit interested young adults from connecting with the Thoroughbred industry. 

COST

 There is no fee for mentees to participate.

DISCLAIMER

 Amplify Horse Racing Inc. nor any mentors involved in the program are obligated to provide transportation to or from any meetings, or to cover any costs associated with the virtual or in-person meetings. All transportation and potential costs of meetings are the sole responsibility of the mentees. 

MENTORS

Are you interested in becoming a mentor? Amplify Horse Racing is seeking mentors for upcoming Mentorship Program rotations. (Mentors for the Aug.-Oct. 2021 mentorship rotation have already been selected)

MENTOR ELIGIBILITY

  • 10+ years of experience working in the Thoroughbred industry
  • No criminal record
  • Must be willing to undergo a background check
  • Ability to dedicate ~7 hours to in-person or virtual meetings with a mentee
  • Questions? Contact info@amplifyhorseracing.org
  • To be considered as a mentor, please complete the Mentor Interest Form below 

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