BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!
InnerI encourages professionals to get involved and to make a difference. This maybe by volunteering your time or services or by mentoring a suitable person.
Building a solid base of mentors can be a challenge. A key is to understand the positive and negative factors that impact mentor participation.
We look for creative ways to reinforce positive drivers and lower the hurdles of negative ones throughout the mentoring process.
For example, mentors are often busy people with limited time to spend. We encourage mentors/volunteers to think about how they can be more efficient with the time they have to dedicate to mentoring?
- Fostering a solid relationship between mentor and mentee.
- Give mentees a say in the matching process by allowing them to select a particular mentor or list their top three choices.
- Identify mileposts that indicate when mutually established goals have been reached.
- Provide an opportunity for both the mentor and mentee to reflect upon what was learned, discuss next steps for the mentee, and provide feedback.
- Continually demonstrate the value of the program, recognize participant contributions and spotlight successes. These efforts will bring energy to the program, expand participation and increase overall support within the organization.
WHY GET INVOLVED?
- Friendly and approachable.
- Patience, listening ear and advice when necessary.
- Showing a strong interest in the mentee’s life and interests will also help to build up a valuable mentoring relationship.
- As a mentor, you may find that the child opens up to you in a way that they feel unable to with others. To maintain this level of trust, it’s essential that you’re able to be consistent and able to meet with your mentee on a regular basis at agreed times.
Research has shown that mentoring young people leads to a reduction in negative behaviour and change to attitudes that have proven to be barriers to their development. Mentoring encourages engagement with mainstream education, positive views towards training or employment.
I WANT TO MENTOR – WHAT DO I DO NOW?
For more information about mentoring/volunteering email firstname.lastname@example.org