“We have found that one of the keys to success in our program is that a protégé makes at least four healthy relationships to create a network of support,” Resource Center Coordinator Melanie Meijering stated. In March, NFNL launched a professional mentorship program that coincides with the career-readiness courses available to protégés, in an effort to create a strong network of support for protégés. The program is structured to guide women through methods to increase soft skills, such as critical thinking, prioritizing and scheduling, as well as assist with identification of career interests, resume building and interview skills. Protégés spend one evening a week learning through a career-readiness curriculum and another evening working through application exercises one-on-one with a mentor. After the course, mentors meet with protégés twice monthly to discuss and assist with job search or professional development.