APAC Launches Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program

APAC Launches Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program

APAC (the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee) announced the launch of a new Peer-to-Peer (PTP) Mentorship Program. The effort aims to provide adult performers with one-on-one mentoring relationships to empower them throughout their careers.

APAC advocates to maintain and improve safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by giving performers educated and organized representation in matters that affect our health, safety, and community. The group holds performer meetings the first Sunday of every month where performers can find community and express their grievances.

“APAC recognizes that there is a wealth of knowledge in the performer community and the mentorship program was developed to be a medium through which that knowledge can be exchanged between experienced and new performers,” said APAC President Mia Little. “The APAC Peer-to-Peer (PTP) Mentorship Program was launched to provide new performers with mentors to support navigating the industry.”  

“This program is designed to provide new performers with supportive one-on-one mentor relationships that will help them throughout their careers,” stated APAC Vice President and PTP Mentorship Program founder Riley Reyes. “Many of us have benefitted from the advice and support of our more experienced peers. The APAC PTP program allows new performers to have access to that kind of peer-driven education.”

“It’s impossible to overstate the value on the benefits of experiential knowledge, especially in our business,” added Reyes. “The adult industry has unique challenges and hurdles, as well as facing immense stigma from the outside world. Only someone who has walked in your shoes is truly qualified to give you advice. Many people have informal mentorship relationships, but APAC seeks to create a group of trained mentors who are better-prepared to provide mentees with the resources and help that will set them up for success.”

Mentee applications will be accepted from now until June 15th and can be submitted through the APAC website. Additionally, those interested in becoming a mentor can apply through the site. Peer mentors must have at least two years experience in the adult industry, follow a Code of Conduct as outlined in the APAC PTP Guidebook, and complete a two-hour in-person training. Mentor training will include information on the model bill of rights, the PTP Code of Conduct, APAC support resources, and non-violent communication methods.

APAC will host a BBQ event July 1, 2018. It will be the first opportunity for mentors and mentees to meet in a casual setting as part of APAC’s larger community-building event. 

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6 Replies to “APAC Launches Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program”

  1. Karmafan

    Too bad there is no program to teach the girls how to manage their money. Some make lots of $$$ and end their career just as broke ass as when they started.

  2. mharris127

    I am not a fan of APAC but I do recall them having a seminar on money management and accounting a couple of years ago. If I recall former accountant and now former porn chick Veruca James was involved (I wonder what she is doing now and hope she will consider a comeback soon).

  3. Cosmo K.

    APAC does a lot for the performers and so does FSC. That APAG with Alana Evans and the other has-beens is a joke.

  4. Kelli

    Yeah, I always get those two confused – APAC and APAG but it’s important to note there is a big big big difference between the two. APAG is a scam.

  5. Kelli

    Sorry pressed submit too soon! I want to also note that while the FSC may have been shady in the past, under this new guy named Eric, I’ve been quite impressed. He really seems to care not just about the studios and the money but also the performers and their best interest. I’ve had more than a few conversations with Eric and he’s won me over.

  6. mharris127

    Maybe there is more behind the scenes that I haven’t seen or read but from what I could gather APAC ended up being more of a social organization with some advice and counseling woven into it. APAC isn’t harmful to the industry but I am not impressed so far with its accomplishments (they do have a chance to contribute to performer welfare, though). APAG can go to hell. I am not completely against a union in adult film but that organization’s leadership seems to be extremely catty and cliquish. My father worked as a millwright when he started out in manufacturing and then in factory management for a while, some of the unions he had to deal with (which were several) were a bit catty and one pretty ineffective (good for him on the ineffective one, I guess as he was in management at that factory) but none were like APAG which reminds me of teen movies like Clueless and Heathers with their catty arguments and cliques (others will have to comment as to whether high school is really like that, I attended HS years ago and my graduating class was about 20 which means no cliques just due to size). Phyllisha Anne’s attempt at an adult film performers union before APAG was pretty sad as well, I thought it might have some promise but it turned into cliquish bullshit quickly.

    As for the FSC, it is less of a clusterfuck under Eric Leue than it was under Diane Duke but it needs improvement. Most of the FSC’s success can be credited to former lobbyist and public relations representative Siouxsie Q and non-employee Lorelei Lee. Lorelei is now retired on her Kink.com director million dollars plus (over three years as a director) in salary and Siouxsie Q is no longer working for the FSC. Now it is time for Eric to step up and do his fucking job or find the money to hire a replacement as competent as Siouxsie Q to do the work for him. Good luck with that, Siouxsie worked for cheap compared to the going rate for someone to do her former job, a good lobbyist and public relations representative will likely cost $300K per year plus.

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