YP Mentorship Program

YP Mentoring Committee: Cassie Metzner, Stacy Dahlkoetter, and Stephanie Romero.


  • The objective of a mentoring program between Young Professionals and Athletic
    Training Students in their final year of school. This is a networking opportunity for both
    mentee and mentor. It may increase the involvement in the Young Professional
    Committee as mentees become aware of the opportunity sooner. Mentor and mentees
    would submit information in June and July and be paired during the first week of August.
    Communication would be during the academic school year (August-May).
  • Communicate with each other at least once per month. To encourage communication
    there will be bi-monthly topics to discuss and create conversation given via email and/or
    facebook. During the off month for topics, mentors/mentees are encouraged to stay in
    touch to freely discuss any struggles or achievements either by phone, text, email, or
    meet in person. We hope the mentor can offer help/assistance in difficult areas and
    areas not always taught or dynamics change from “school” mentality to “real life”

Topics will be given to mentor/mentee via email with guidance of questions, videos, articles, etc. to help provide conversation. Possible topics are below:

  • How to deal with difficult/conflicting coaches
  • How to deal with difficult/conflicting parents
  • Non-compliant athletes/patients
  • Continuing Ed: “how to’s” (encourage NSATA, MAATA, NATA)-planning,
    tracking, submitting, record keeping, etc.
  • Supply ordering/budgets (boosters/supporters: request to submit wishlist)
  • In the news “hot topics”
  • Salary survey: requesting your worth/value
  • Balancing work/personal life
  • Complete CEU article together to create discussion
  • Liability Insurance: Employer or self-where does coverage come from
  • Team doctor/overseeing physician: qualifications, how it works, etc.
  • Athletic Training Student: Do’s, Don’ts, and how to’s (Student observers)
  • Capital Hill happenings for Athletic Trainers
  • Assist in interview preparation
  • Steps to getting licensed
  • Duty to report
  • How to get involved in NSATA.
  • Practice Act issues.

Criteria for Mentor

  • Must be a young professional- Certified Athletic Trainer for 12 years or less
  • Must be a Certified Athletic Trainer for 3 years or more
  • Must have practiced athletic training during the past 3 years.
  • Willing to communicate with mentee at least once per month during the academic school
    year (August-May).

Criteria for Mentee

  • Final year of one’s athletic training education.
  • Willing to communicate with mentor at least once per month during the academic school year (August-May).
  • May increase to young professional 1-2 years post-graduation. (Future if this goes well).


  • Geographical location
  • Work setting: high school, college, industrial, clinic, etc.
  • Personality Type
  • Preferably avoid matching a mentee with a preceptor since they already have this relationship.


  • Preferred mode of communication between mentee/mentors, such as:
    • Facebook group – closed group
    • Hangouts
    • Phone
    • Email

Communication for mentees/mentors

  • Social media: email, facebook, twitter, etc.
  • Contact program directors.
  • Forms on NSATA website
  • Possible for conference calls as needed.

Surveying the Program

  • A survey will be sent out twice per academic year (August-May). First will be 5 months into the program to determine involvement between mentor and mentee. We want there to be communication at least once per month of the academic year. The second survey will be at the end of May to determine the success of the program. It will give an idea if the program should continue or not.
  • Use NSATA website or accounts to distribute forms.


Mentor Application

Mentee Application