Ascenders Academy Mentorship Program

Ascenders Academy is a six-month, no-cost mentoring program that connects emerging designers with tools, skills, and community relationships to take them to the next level of their careers. 

Mentees attend monthly professional development workshops and are matched with experienced and thoughtful mentors willing to provide actionable guidance that fosters their growth and development.

Prospective Mentees

You are an excellent fit for mentoring if you have:

  • 0–5 years of professional experience and
  • a minimum of 4 hours a month to work on advancing your career. (Mentees are required to attend monthly workshops* and meet for a minimum of one hour per month with their mentor) 

*Workshops will be virtual and are scheduled for the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. (Dates: Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, 2023).

Applications are now closed.

Prospective Mentors

You are an excellent fit for mentorship if you have:

  • five years of professional experience in a creative role;
  • a desire to make an impact;
  • a willingness to share your knowledge, experience, and wisdom; and
  • a minimum of 1 hour per month to meet with your mentee

Being a mentor gives you an opportunity to:

  • give back to the creative community;
  • build leadership and management skills;
  • strengthen your career network;
  • reflect upon your journey and share your experience; and
  • develop lifelong friendships.

We are still welcoming Mentor Interest Forms!

Questions? Email Marcy Wacker, marcy[at]