The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is an on-line, mini-mentorship program that gives emerging amateur photographers the opportunity to reach out to working professionals, gaining both technical, artistic expression or career advice in a friendly forum.
The qualifications for prospective mentees are that you are active here
on G+, with not more than three  days between Public posts
, and that you are interactive
with the community, thanking people who comment on your own posts and getting out of your own stream and plussing and commenting on the works of others. This ensures that you will be actively involved in any mentorship once chosen. (Read more tips here: Hints on how to be selected for one of the mentorship programs here at G+)
The sign-ups fill pretty quickly once posted, so do keep an eye out. You increase your chances of being selected with high activity here and high interactivity. (Read this tip here: How do be notified of the next available mentorship
Basic Outlines For Types of Mentorships:
These are simply suggestions and can be added to or modified to help you create a vibrant program that suites your specific area of study or style. Feel free to ask questions about anything in regard to the program, getting started and running a successful program.
Below you will find brief outlines for the different types of mentorships:
STANDARD: technical; 1 mentor; 4-6 "mentees"; 8 weeks duration; covers the BEGINNING or INTERMEDIATE technical usage of the camera.
TEAM: technical or artistic; 2 mentors; 4-12 "mentees"; 2-8 weeks duration; covers material in accordance with the mentors' specific areas of expertise, where the strengths of each mentor balance and complement each other
ONE-ON-ONE: technical or artistic; 1 mentor; 1 "mentee"; indefinite, but definable, duration; covers whatever the mentor would like to pass on to another
GUEST: technical and/or artistic; up to 8 different mentors, one mentor per week; 4-12 mentees; up to 8 weeks duration, relative to the number of "guest" mentors available; covers material in accordance with the mentors' specific areas of expertise, can be themed (mentors are chosen based on correlative areas of expertise) or non-themed (each mentor chooses what they want to teach)
SPECIALIZED: a program that will, for various reasons, take longer or require special circumstances to complete. A great example is Darryl Van Gaal's Astrophotography Program. Other examples might be underwater photography, travel photography, shooting in winter, desert, or rain forest. Duration may last a few months because of proximity, travel or season.
As a mentor, you have the following options as to the duration of your mentorship:
A Regular term, topical program, in a workshop type environment with a specific focus. This is much like that which has already been introduced by other mentors. This will likely be the most popular style of program and will include regular assignments and check-in times. Each session or week will build on the other and work toward improving a specific area of study. Creative vision, building a cohesive series, landscapes, macro expressions, night photography, portraits with natural light, etc. Duration will be from 6 to 12 weeks and have weekly check-ins, working albums for the group members and can include hangout sessions, if you choose.
A Short term, subject specific, program addressing an individual topic in photography. This is ideal for teaching a particular technique or a concept, such as the relationship between f-stop, shutter speed and ISO, how perspective influences perception, HDRI, the use of plug-ins for increasing creativity along the lines of an artistic vision, etc. Duration can be from 1 to 4 sessions (weeks) and can be extended, if there is enough interest for the Mentor to add more content.
Another option for mentoring is live post-processing hangout workshops: These can be included as a portion of the regular mentorships or as a stand-alone program to encourage post-processing as an integral part of the creative vision. This will require a certain level of confidence and experience using specific programs. This is already incorporated, as a one-on-one and in small groups, in some programs. Examples for this would be: Lightroom workflow Import to upload; cleaning up images in post; portrait retouching techniques; plug-ins; etc. The list is long for the experienced post-processing mentor. It is advised that you avoid going too in-depth in this since it is a valuable revenue stream for experienced teachers.
These are general outlines, but your mentorship can be anything you want it to be! We are also creating mentorship templates for those individuals who want to help mentor others, but need more guidance on how to create a mentorship.