2017 Career Development Mentoring Program for High Performers

2017 Application

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Career Development Mentoring Program (CDP) for High Performers. The program begins April 21, 2017 through October 31, 2017. Training sessions will be held in the Washington, DC metro area.

The CDP is a tuition-free program that offers individual mentoring, professional development, and career counseling for high-performing federal employees. Forty participants will be selected for the 2017 program (20 mentors and 20 mentees). 

Mentoring objectives include:

  • A diverse network of dedicated public servants;
  • Strengthening personal goals and career planning;
  • Leadership training; and
  • Access to career advancement workshops.

Who May Apply:

  • Current federal employees with permanent career status.
  • Mentee candidates must be GS-13 or lower.
  • Mentor candidates must be GS-14 or higher and 8+ years in federal service.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume (no more than 3 pages)
  • Completed 2017 FAPAC Career Development Program Application Form by February 17, 2017.

2017 CDP Announcement! (pdf)

Download 2017 CDP Application Form Here (docx)

Submit completed applications by email to by 5:00pm EST on February 17, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and marked “ineligible.”

For more information, visit or contact 2017 FAPAC Program Chair: Kelly Kim at

General Information

In support of Executive Order 13583 on establishing a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is proud to introduce its fourth career development program titled, "The Career Development Program for High Performers" (CDP). 

CDP Eligibility:
The CDP is open to all federal employees with permanent career status at all levels.  Its curriculum includes a kickoff for orientation, mutually scheduled one-on-one mentoring sessions, group training workshops, a mid-point progress review, a close-out recognition ceremony and leadership courses offered in the community.

To be eligible for being a mentor:
You must be GS-13 or above. A mentor will guide high performers seeking to improve themselves. A good mentor must possess good knowledge of the Federal Personnel System, the structure of federal career programs, skills in performance evaluation and counseling, and abilities to provide resources to the mentee. A good mentor should be a role model, counselor, and advisor to the mentee.

Mentoring Objectives:

  • serve as an additional resource for self-improvement and professional development;
  • offer excellent opportunities to strengthen personal goals and career planning;
  • provide a forum to discuss mentees’ concerns in regard to becoming a high performer in federal government; and most important,
  • enrich individual readiness for hiring and career advancement opportunities via resume and interview practices.

Requirements for Successful Completion: 

One-on-one mentoring: 12 hours
Workshop Activities: 12 hours
Leadership Projects 16 hours
Total Hours 40 hours

Should you have questions, please contact

Mentoring Activities Schedule

Time commitment is critical to the success of a formal mentoring program. Both mentors and mentees are required to attend all mutually agreed upon one-on-one session totaling up to 12 hours.  Mentors are required to attend the mandatory mentor training.  

In addition, mentees are required to attend 12 hour group activities and 16 hours on a leadership project to graduate from the program. In total, mentee participants will need to set aside 40 hours for this program during this 9-month period. In lieu of these group activities, waiver may be requested for mentees to take workshops at their agencies as a substitute to this requirement due to geographical distance. Some of these group activities will be scheduled during the weekdays but on occasion, during the weekend to accommodate maximum attendance. Participants will sign a mentoring agreement to acknowledge their roles and responsibilities to improve work performance using the CD program. In support of the goals and objectives of FAPAC, they will be agreeing to make a contribution to FAPAC’s program and membership activities.

Leadership Project Requirements:
Mentees are required to complete a 16-hour shadowing assignment which can be broken into multiple segments upon agreement from the mentors and mentees. Mentors may assist your mentees in searching for two or more shadowing assignments. The goal is to provide mentees the opportunity to observe leadership skills in examples such as managing a meeting, making group decisions, resolving disputes and conflicts, providing briefing to senior leaders, etc. The shadow assignments can be given by any senior leader in any professional areas. If the mentor is unable to provide assistance, we will assist in a broader search within the community. For instances, the assignments may include opportunities to work with the FAPAC executive board to learn the FAPAC operation in a holistic view and how FAPAC leadership is organized and developed.




Total hours = 4

Kickoff Orientation Meeting Goal Setting and Mentoring Tips/Networking for Success


Total hours = 1

Mandatory Training for Mentors (Instructions)
All Mentors and will be Facilitated

Conducted via Teleconference

Mandatory Training Workshop for Mentees


Total hour = 1

Mentors and Mentees Feedback Session

Conducted via Teleconference

Powerful Speaking/Networking;
Mentors and Mentees Survey Feedback for completion by both Mentors and Mentees


Completion of Final Evaluations; 
Surveys Nominations of Best Mentees and Mentors



Graduation to be Determined


Conference call will be made available for those who cannot attend onsite.

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