Welcome to SHINE 2019! 

We are looking forward to another great year of mentoring and growth. 

SHINE is a program designed to fertilize the career growth and professional success of emerging designers.  

  1. It’s for self-starters and is organically structured.
  2. This year, we will have a social good project and sub group.

Implement one of Design for Good topics  (
Each pair is required to produce a tangible project: a google slide is the minimum requirement.

Design for Good topics

  • Domestic violence
  • Food desert and access to quality nutrition
  • Gentrification
  • Homelessness
  • Immigration
  • Race & gender equality
  • School To prison pipeline
  • Veterans issues
  • Water access and safety

“You get out what you put in.” (mentees this is a job; mentors- you made a commitment)


  • Make each other a priority.
  • This is not a job–hunting program.
  • In four months, as the program ends, how you decide to continue the relationship is up to you.


  • Be clear on how often and how you will communicate
  • Make contact frequently
  • Respect your partners experience and views
  • Work hard to make it a two way street
  • Be flexible and enjoy the experience
  • Definitions and roles

Mentees in this program are here to gain perspective, get advice, experience wisdom, focus your direction, and meet some new people.

Discuss your goals and expectations with your mentor up front and establish clear objectives.
Be committed, be on time, be prepared and be receptive to suggestions and feedback.
Do not expect your mentor to be able to answer every question you have; network through your mentor to meet other people and gain access to professional resources. Show appreciation for your mentor’s support and assistance. The following are some important roles for you to keep in mind:

  • Driver of Relationship
  • Development Planner
  • Resource Partner
  • Teacher
  • Continuous Learner

As a veteran designer you will your mentee to help him or her establish realistic and attainable goals and identify ways to achieve them.

Offer constructive suggestions and feedback.
You won’t have all the answers, but you can point your mentee in the right direction: help him or her meet with other professionals and gain access to professional resources and organizations.
Ask good questions to help your mentee explore his or her own values and needs or to make informed decisions.
Encourage your mentee to explore new areas.

Be willing to adjust goals or tactics as your mentee changes interests during this program. At different points in the relationship, you will take on some or all of the following roles:

  • Coach/Advisor
  • Source of encouragement or support
  • Resource Person
  • Champion
  • Devil’s Advocate
When & Where
Wed, Jan 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
AARP Innovation Lab
575 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20049