Virtual Career Accelerator

TERMS AND CONDITIONS – MENTORS

This document constitutes the official Divity Group Inc. (“We”, “Us” or “Divity Group”) Accelerate Her FutureTM Virtual Career Accelerator’s agreement with the Mentor (“Agreement”).

1. Objective

The Accelerate Her FutureTM Virtual Career Accelerator is a 16-week by-application program designed for self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour based in Ontario. The program provides Participants two (2) career readiness bootcamps including mental health and wellness educational sessions (each held over weekends), technical upskilling fundamentals training, small group mentorship, and small group career coaching. Participants will complete a technical upskilling training in one of three tracks: Data Analytics Fundamentals (8 week part-time course, two three-hour classes per week, in the evenings delivered by Juno College of Technology), UX & Digital Marketing Fundamentals (8 week part-time course, two three-hour classes per week, in the evenings delivered by Our Wave Hub), or Intro to Front-End with JavaScript (6 week part-time course, two three-hour classes per week, in the evenings delivered by Lighthouse Labs). The technical upskilling tracks are entry-level part-time courses and do not require prerequisite knowledge. The technical upskilling courses will provide Participants with introduction knowledge to the track they are in. The Virtual Career Accelerator also provides a short-term work project offered in partnership with Riipen where Participants apply their learning in a real-world environment for a small or medium sized organization based in Ontario. Participants will work in small teams and required to complete 20 hours individually on their project virtually over a 4-5 week period. Participants must submit their project deliverable on the Riipen platform by December 16, 2022 and complete required surveys in order to receive a $500 stipend.

We believe in a strengths-based, reciprocal approach to mentorship. Traditional approaches tend to be hierarchical and top down. We believe that our program Participants and Mentors bring valuable contributions and perspectives where both can benefit and learn. Through equal partnership and a learning mindset, this approach focuses on the whole person and promotes respecting unique lived experiences. For Mentors, this experience is an opportunity for personal growth and for enhancing the role each of us can play in systemic change with and for Black, Indigenous and women of colour.

Together we are building a community with, for and by self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour students, recent grads, and those at all stages of their careers to ensure our full participation and leadership at all levels in business and STEM.

 

2. Important Dates for Mentor Applications

  • Applications open: June 1, 2022
  • Applications close: August 15, 2022
  • Successful Mentors informed: On an ongoing basis until spots filled
  • AHF’s Virtual Career Accelerator Dates: August 28, 2022 – December 16, 2022

 

3. Application Process for Mentors

Eligible applicants must submit an online application to participate as a Mentor in Accelerate Her Future’s Virtual Career Accelerator (www.accelerateherfuture.com).

 

4. Eligibility Criteria

Consider applying to participate as a Mentor for the Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator, if you meet the requirements below:

  • Self-identify as a Black woman, Indigenous woman, or other woman of colour (i.e., Arab, East Asian, Latina, Middle Eastern/North African, Pacific Islander, South Asian, South-East Asian, West Asian); or Self-identity as a white woman committed to doing the work and taking consistent allyship action
  • Have a minimum of one (1) year of experience in one of three technical upskilling tracks: Data analytics fundamentals, UX & Digital Marketing fundamentals, Web development fundamentals (front-end JavaScript)
  • Commit to participating in a minimum of four weeks of the program in one orientation session and three (3) group mentorship circles. Each session is approx. 1-1.5-hours, fostering trust and reciprocal mentoring relationships with program Participants through Group Mentorship Circles
  • Are invested in listening, learning, and gaining unique insights about the experiences of Participants in the program
  • Commit to using your social capital to advance Participants in their professional and career goals
  • Wish to grow your professional network and community

 

5. Volunteering

You understand that providing mentorship or participating as a Mentor is on a volunteer basis. As such, we won’t be offering an honorarium or a stipend.

 

6. Application Review Process

  1. Applications to serve as a Mentor for AHF’s Virtual Career Accelerator will be evaluated by the AHF team based on program goals. Mentors will be selected at the sole discretion of the AHF Team.
  2. If the team is not able to find a suitable match or role for an immediate offering of AHF’s Virtual Career Accelerator, we will keep your name on file on our database for future mentoring opportunities in other programs.

 

7. Obligations

Virtual Career Accelerator mentors (“Mentors”) must:

  1. Complete all relevant forms and surveys conducted by Accelerate Her Future for the purposes of selecting program Mentors, progress reporting, improving AHF’s Virtual Career Accelerator, and reporting to the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
  2. Because the Virtual Career Accelerator is partially funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, complete information should it be requested by the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development for monitoring purposes to measure the results and evaluate the success of the program and evaluate more generally the program achieving its objectives.
  3. Mentors will attend all Group Mentorship Circle sessions. Mentors will help create a safe and inclusive space while facilitating solutions-based and inclusive conversations in group mentorship circles which will encompass 3-5 program participants. Group Mentorship Circles will include one (1) – two (2) mentors. Mentors will commit a minimum of approximately four 1.5-hour sessions over the 16-week period. Structured small group mentorship circles match mentors with program Participants.

 

8. Code of Conduct

Mentors in the Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator are responsible for abiding by the program Code of Conduct and all applicable laws. Mentors will treat others in the program with respect and dignity, ensuring others can contribute fully and have equal opportunities. Divity Group prohibits sexual harassment, harassment and discrimination based on age, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, marital status, disability (including mental, physical, developmental and learning disabilities), race, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, race, citizenship, colour, record of offences (convictions for a provincial offence, or for an offence for which a pardon has been received), or association or relationship with a person identified by one of the above grounds. Mentors should report any behavior inconsistent with these principles and those set out in the Code of Conduct to Virtual Career Accelerator staff.

 

9. Participation

  1. By participating in the Accelerate Her FutureTM Virtual Career Accelerator, each applicant agrees to be legally bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  2. Divity Group reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend, or suspend the Accelerate Her FutureTM Virtual Career Accelerator. See Section 18 (Termination)
  3. To be considered an eligible entry, Divity Group reserves the right to review entries. Divity Group shall not be liable for the failure of any applicant submission or entry to be received by Divity Group for any reason, including, but not limited to technical problems, traffic congestion, or any other issues.
  4. Further, Divity Group shall not be liable for any injury or damage to an applicant’s, or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator and each applicant hereby releases Divity Group, its Directors, Officers, Employees, Contractors, Partners, Volunteers, and other representatives from any and all claims, losses, damages, or actions relating to such Applicant’s application or participation in Accelerate Her Future’s Virtual Career Accelerator. See Section 21 (Limitation of Liability) and Section 22 (Indemnification).

 

10. Termination of Competition

Divity Group reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, without cost or penalty, to void any entry and/or withdraw, suspend, amend, or terminate this Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator, or any Mentor’s participation therein, in whole or in part (or to amend these rules) in any way at any time without prior notice (but subject to applicable law), in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Divity Group that in Divity Group’s sole discretion determines, interferes with the proper conduct of the Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator as contemplated by these rules, or in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error of any kind, or for any other reason.

Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of the Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such attempt be made, the person will be automatically disqualified and Divity Group reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. Divity Group reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or time frames stipulated in these rules, to the extent necessary, for the purposes of verifying compliance by any entry with these rules, or as a result of technical problems, or in light of any other circumstances, which in the opinion of Divity Group, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator as contemplated in these rules.

 

11. Personal Information

By submitting an application to the Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator, each applicant expressly consents to Divity Group, its agents, volunteers and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her/their entry only for the purpose of administering the Virtual Career Accelerator and in accordance with Divity Group’s Privacy Policy.

 

12. Confidentiality

The Mentor acknowledges that in the course of the program, they may create or have access to information regarding Divity Group, Accelerate Her Future, program training and delivery partners, industry participants/organizations providing short-term work projects, and others, that is confidential and proprietary in nature, including, without limitation pertaining to courses and assignments assigned to the Mentor, or other similar information which ought to be reasonably considered to be confidential whether this information be in spoken, written, electronic or any form whatsoever (collectively, the “Confidential Information”). The Mentor shall treat all Confidential Information as strictly confidential and only use the Confidential Information for the purpose of the program. Confidential Information shall not include information that is or becomes generally available to the public other than through the Mentor’s breach of these Terms and Conditions or is communicated to the Mentor by a third party that had no confidentiality obligations with respect to such information.

 

13. Intellectual Property

The Mentor understands that Divity Group is and shall be the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title, and interest throughout the world of the program including all copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, deliverables (i.e. Participant deliverable(s) for short-term project for a small or medium sized organization, Participant assignments for technical upskilling courses, and activities for the Career Readiness bootcamps), and other intellectual property rights (collectively “Intellectual Property Rights”) therein.

The Mentor irrevocably waives in favour of the organization and its successors and assigns any “moral rights”, including without limitation, rights to control use of attribution by the organization of any work created by the Mentor in which copyright exists. For the purposes of clarification, this section does not apply to the Mentor’s own notes and reflections.

Training providers for the technical upskilling tracks will provide Participants being mentored by Mentors with all materials, curriculum, and training software for the course. These materials, curriculum and training software are deemed the sole intellectual property of the training provider. Where a license is required for software, the training provider will ensure that all appropriate licenses and permissions in connection with the materials utilized for the technical upskilling track for the duration of the 6 or 8-week course.

 

14. Force Majeure

Divity Group, Accelerate Her Future, program training and delivery partners, industry participants/organizations providing short-term work projects, will not be liable or responsible to the other party, or be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Agreement, when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by any: acts of God; flood, fire, or explosion; epidemics, pandemics, including the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; war, terrorism, invasion, riot, or other civil unrest; embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; national or regional emergency; strikes, labour stoppages or slowdowns, or other industrial disturbances; passage of law or governmental order, rule, regulation, or direction, or any action taken by a governmental or public authority, including but not limited to imposing an embargo, export or import restriction, quota, or other restriction or prohibition; (each of the foregoing, a “Force Majeure”).

 

15. Use of Names

  1. The Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator Mentor gives Divity Group the permission to publish, in any format, their name, image or likeness, and participation in the Accelerate Her Virtual Career Accelerator without compensation, for teaching, learning, advertising, and promotional purposes for use now or in the future.
  2. The Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator Mentor may not use Divity Group’s or Accelerate Her Future’s name in any publication or advertisement without Divity Group’s express written consent.

 

16. Independent Parties

The Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator Mentors acknowledge that they are acting independently from Divity Group, program training and delivery partners, and organizations for which they do a short-term project assignment and that they are solely responsible for its actions or inactions, and that nothing in this Agreement will be construed to create a partnership, agency, contractor or employment relationship between Divity Group and the Virtual Career Accelerator Mentors, or its representatives.

 

17. Privacy Policy

By agreeing to this Agreement, you are also agreeing to the terms of the platform privacy policy available at privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”). The privacy policy is incorporated into and deemed a part of this agreement. The same rules that apply regarding changes and revisions of this agreement also apply to changes and revisions of the privacy policy.

By accepting the terms of this agreement, you consent to having Divity Group use aggregate data and trends gathered from the Mentor application and program feedback surveys administered during the program on an anonymous basis to enhance the Virtual Career Accelerator, for inclusion in Accelerate Her Future impact and research reports and website or otherwise shared with funders and partners. Divity Group will ensure to only collect, use, and disclose information, if necessary, to deliver the project to participants and to comply with its obligations to its funder(s).

 

18. Termination

During the Term, either party may terminate this Agreement without cause upon 14 days’ written advance notice to the Mentor. Either party may terminate this Agreement, immediately upon written notice to the other party if the other party breaches this Agreement, and such breach is incapable of cure.

Divity Group, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to terminate, modify, amend, extend, or suspend this Agreement upon 14 days’ written notice without any cost or penalty.

 

19. Assignment

This Agreement or admission into the Virtual Career Accelerator may not be assigned or transferred by the Mentor to another entity without the prior written consent of Divity Group.

 

20. Warranties

The Mentor warrants and represents that: (i) it has the capacity and ability to enter into this Agreement; (ii) its entrance into this Agreement does not violate a third-party contract or the intellectual property rights of any third-party; (iii) it shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations, orders, codes of practice and rules in its fulfillment of this Agreement and the program administered by Divity Group; (iv) any information it has submitted to Divity Group, are truthful and accurate.

 

21. Limitation of Liability

You agree, confirm, and acknowledge that we shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive, or exemplary damages.

We explicitly disclaim any liability with respect to any claim, suit or action made by a Mentor. You agree, confirm, and acknowledge to indemnify, defend, and hold us harmless with respect to any such claim.

 

22. Indemnification

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Divity Group, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, service providers, contractors, licensors, suppliers, successors, and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable lawyers’ fees) arising out of or relating to Mentors breach of this Agreement.

If the applicable law does not allow the limitation of liability as set forth above (limitation of liability), the limitation will be deemed modified solely to the extent necessary to comply with applicable law.

This section and section 21 (limitation of liability) shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.

 

23. Modifications to the Terms and Conditions

Divity Group reserves the right in its sole discretion to revise and update these Terms and Conditions from time to time. Any and all such modifications are effective immediately upon posting. Mentors agree to periodically review the Terms and Conditions in order to be aware of any such modifications and Mentors continued use shall be your acceptance of these.

24. Governing Law

This Agreement is governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein and treated in all respects as an Ontario contract. Any legal suit, litigation, arbitration or proceeding of any kind whatsoever in any way arising of, from or relating to this Agreement, shall be instituted in the province of Ontario.

25. Arbitration

Mentors agree that all claims, disputes and other matters in question arising out of or relating to this Agreement or its breach that are brought forth by the Mentor or its representatives shall be resolved by arbitration by a neutral arbitrator selected in accordance with the ADR Institute of Ontario’s Arbitration Rules. For clarity, Divity Group shall be free to pursue litigation as a first step for disputes it brings forth.

 

26. Non-Disparagement

During and after the term of this Agreement, the Mentor agrees not to engage in any form of conduct, or make any statement or representations, that could reasonably be expected to damage the reputation, business, or business expectations and/or interests of Divity Group and/or any of its affiliates, officers, directors, or employees. Mentors obligations under this section shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement in perpetuity.

 

27. Important notes about our agreement

  • This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us. You confirm that you have not relied upon any promises or representations by us except as set forth in this agreement.
  • If any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid, unenforceable, or otherwise contrary to law, the remaining provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.
  • To clear any doubt, all clauses regarding limitations of liabilities and indemnification shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement.

 

Need more information?

The Accelerate Her Future Virtual Career Accelerator is administered by Divity Group Inc. Any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the Virtual Career Accelerator should be directed to:

Email: info@accelerateherfuture.com

Web: accelerateherfuture.com