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The YGL-SEA Mentorship program enjoyed popularity with YGL members and successful engagement between mentors and protégés. Historically we have successfully paired more than 50 seasoned government leaders with eager YGL’ers! To build on the success of the past programs, we are overjoyed to welcome Brookings Executive Education (BEE) on-board! With its large and engaged alumni network of senior level federal employees, Brookings Executive Education (BEE) is poised to assist YGL in increasing its reach to Young Government Leaders. Ultimately, expanding the YGL-SEA mentorship program to include Brookings Executive Education will build the program’s capacity to offer mentorships and educational opportunities.

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Matching Process and Timeline

YGL/SEA/BEE Mentoring Subcommittee makes mentor-protégé matches in early December. Additional mentor-protégé matches are made on occasion throughout the remainder of year, should a previously assigned mentor-protégé pair dissolve.

When matching mentors with protégés, we place a high priority in finding a common field of interest in a respective field, and evidence of a deep commitment to public service and professional welfare of YGL members

  • NovemberApplications Open
  • DecemberFirst Round of Matching
  • DecemberSecond Round of Matching
  • JanuaryKickoff
  • MarchMid-Year Event
  • JuneClosing Ceremony


The requirements are simple! Acceptance into the program entails the following:
  • Commit to a 6-month mentoring relationship; 6-months can be a long time! It’s actually half of the year, so take a look at your calendar and ensure that you have the time to commit! Although voluntary in nature the time commitment for each mentor usually consists of meeting once or twice a month for coffee, a meal, etc.
  • Maintain active communication; We don’t have guidelines on how to communicate, and we understand life happens! However, we want to ensure that mentors and protégé’s connect at least once each month. You can connect via: phone, email, in-person, or virtually.
  • Attend our cohort-focused events; We have some pretty phenomenal events lined up this year! We just require that you attend 2 out of the 3 events we will host!


Open to all YGL members who would like to be protégés!
All potential mentors must be affiliated with SEA or BEE; GS-14, 15 or SES

Ready to Apply?

Applications for 2016-2017 program are not yet available

The online application requires essential information that is typically found on other applications such as name, address, phone number, etc. Given the criteria for identifying the best mentor for each protégé, applicants should also be prepared to provide minimal information on academic, professional and personal attributes. Each applicant will also be required to submit a 1-page resume or Bio and headshot!

For Protégés (YGL)

For Mentors (SEA/BEE)

Brookings Executive Education

For more than 50 years, Brookings Executive Education (BEE) has provided public and private sector leaders with practical and relevant education in support of their professional and personal goals. BEE is committed to being the premier provider of executive education for those engaged in and with government. Its programs in leadership, governmental policy and process, and critical global issues are designed to develop the skills and behaviors necessary for leading 21st-century organizations. BEE courses are appropriate for leaders at all levels of government – federal, state, and local – as well as officials from other countries.

Senior Executive Association

The Senior Executives Association is a nonprofit professional association that promotes ethical and dynamic public service by fostering an outstanding career executive corps, advocates the interests of career federal executives (both active and retired), and provides information and services to SEA members.