Mentoring provides benefits to individual participants as well as to the organization.
- Educational opportunities are complemented by learning and development support.
- Professional values and ethics are promoted.
- Consistency in the management and transfer of knowledge is supported.
- The ASFPM vision and mission are communicated.
- ASFPM leadership is developed.
- ASFPM standards (i.e., CFM® Body of Knowledge, Effective State Floodplain Management Program principles, Core CAP activities and best practices) are taught and promoted.
- Relationships are developed.
For federal agencies:
- Informed, capable state partners are implementing floodplain management programs, policies and actions.
- Better understanding and integration of federal programs with state and local floodplain management activities
- Improved collaboration and cooperation
For mentees (state floodplain managers, state NFIP coordinators, state flood mapping coordinators and staff):
- Variety of learning opportunities are offered (e.g., training, developmental activities, networking, benchmarking, shadowing, group and one-on-one exchanges).
- Core skills and knowledge are enhanced.
- Understanding of effective program components is increased.
- Relationships are expanded.
- Communication and collaboration capability is improved.
- Engagement in ASFPM's vision, mission and culture
For mentors (preference is for ASFPM members, CFMs and former state staff):
- Contribution to the profession through shared experience and wisdom
- Continuing education
- Expanded relationships and understanding of state program and professional development
- Personal and program growth
- Helping to achieve ASFPM’s vision and mission
- Enhancing personal skills in listening, coaching, reflecting and planning