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The Wayne County Partnership is a consortium that facilitates communication and collaboration between agencies to aid individuals and families in achieving their best possible lives.

Mentoring Wayne’s Emerging Leaders (Mentoring WEL)


2024 Mentoring WEL graduate, Camerin O'Bryan (Reliant Community Credit Union) receives completion certificate from mentor Diane Devlin, Director of Wayne County Public Health.

Mentoring for Wayne County’s Emerging Leaders (Mentoring WEL) is the brainchild of Dr. Ellen Wayne, Bob Oaks, and the members of the Wayne County Coordinating Council. It is intended to connect a younger generation of Wayne County residents with a “more seasoned” mentor to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and experience.

Mentoring WEL has been designed to combine a unique experience of education and mentoring to develop leadership skills to prepare participants for greater responsibilities within their current organization and within the Wayne County community. Our focus is to connect, educate, and inspire a group of individuals who will provide leadership that will strengthen our community.

Program Goals:

Participants will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of Wayne County; its history, government structure, strengths, and challenges

  • Meet some of today’s current county leaders

  • Connect with other up-and-coming leaders in government, community services, and business

  • Develop greater knowledge and the skillset to be a more effective leader in Wayne County

Mentoring WEL Is Also Looking for the Next Group of Mentors

Mentoring WEL is seeking volunteer mentors who are willing to commit 4-5 hours per month to work one-on-one with a young Wayne County professional who has been nominated by their employer to participate in the program.

The program has been designed for emerging leaders already working within our agencies,  businesses, and organizations. Our focus is to connect, educate, and inspire the next generation of county leaders. Each participant will be paired with a mentor who will serve as a one-on-one resource to grow each participant’s knowledge of leadership.

Mentor Responsibilities

  • Have regular in-person, phone, or Zoom meetings with your mentee to answer questions, share experiences, and give direction and support

  • Invite your mentee to experience some of your community involvement (volunteer organizations, service organizations, professional meetings if appropriate)

  • Attend occasional program meetings with mentees and other mentors

  • Help your mentee develop their leadership and professional skills

  • Receive employer approval for your participation (if required)

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