The John Delloro Mentorship* works towards ensuring the long-term sustainability of APA young leaders (individuals age 35 or below) in the labor and greater APA social justice movement, promoting the spirit and inclusiveness of APALA’s 2011 Convention beyond 2011 by engaging mentees around the following objectives:
- Strengthening their recruitment and retention in local APALA chapters
- Supporting them in learning more about/entering careers in the labor movement
- Organizing them around electoral/issue-based campaigns, particularly with APALA’s Every Vote Counts campaign
- Empowering them to become leaders in the greater APA and progressive movement
Mentorship was officially launched during APALA’s 2011 Convention, and the inaugural mentorship term will be from 2011 until APALA’s 2013 Convention. This mentorship was named in honor of APALA's past president, John Delloro, who was a mentor, teacher, organizer, poet, and friend to many who passed away at the untimely age of 38.
Themed Quarterly Mentorship Check-Ins | Structure: Every three months, pairs develop through having conversations about various themes or participating in events, programs, rallies, etc together. Tentative themes are as follows:
November 2011 to January 2012: "Getting to Know You and Goal-Setting"
February 2012 to April 2012: "Grassroots Organizing"
May 2012 to July 2012: "Know History, Know Self"
August 2012 to October 2012: "Day in the Life"
November 2012 to December 2012: "Every Vote Counts"
January 2013 to March 2013: "New Year, New Goals"
April 2013 to June 2013: "Defining Power"
July 2013 to September 2013: "Regeneration" (2013 Convention)
*Please note: the mentorship program remains the same, although the name has changed.