Mentorship Program

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The National Land Bank Network (NLBN) is thrilled to launch the Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program, a new initiative fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. The Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program pairs seasoned leaders in the land banking field with emerging leaders seeking guidance in their roles. New land bank leaders are often forced to learn on the fly and attempt to solve their community’s VAD challenges on their own. This program aims to establish deeper bonds and connections, provide leaders with the support needed to excel, and help advance the field of land banking.

The ideal mentees are individuals new (with less than 5 years of experience in the land banking field) to a leadership role and eager to benefit from the wisdom of experienced mentors who have successfully navigated similar paths.

The ideal mentors are leaders with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the land banking field who are valuable insights and advice to propel the mentees' growth.

Expectations for Program Participants

  • Coordinate a meeting schedule and preferred method of contact.
  • Cultivate an environment of professionalism, trust, and respect.
  • Commit to meeting at least once (1) a month with the assigned Mentor (a minimum of one hour) for program duration (April 2024 – October 2024). Additional meetings/calls are up to the discretion of Mentee and Mentor and strongly encouraged.
  • Adhere to the meeting guidance documents provided by NLBN.
  • Attend virtual meetings with other mentorship program participants hosted by NLBN.
  • Successfully complete agreed-upon obligations by the end of program.
  • Participate in any follow-up surveys and/or phone calls throughout and following program completion and provide feedback/testimonials where applicable.

Mentorship Program Key Dates



April 1, 2024 Applications due by 5 PM ET.
April 15, 2024 All mentees and mentors matched.
April 22, 2024 All mentees and mentors introduced via email.
May 8, 2024 Virtual Meet and Greet and Program Overview.
November 28, 2024 Wrap-up call with program participants.


Frequently Asked Questions

Additional questions? Please email Christina Carter-Grant, Associate Director of the National Land Bank Network, at [email protected].