Incorporate good mentoring practice principles

Incorporate good mentoring practice principles

Incorporate good mentoring practice principles

Mentoring good practice principles describe the characteristics of strong, successful and sustainable mentoring programs.

For example, mentoring programs are more effective if young people are actively involved in the design of the program.

The importance of co-design

LDATs should be aware of good practice principles and ensure they are incorporated into the mentoring program design.

Mentoring good practice principles should include at a minimum:

  1. The needs, interests and empowerment of young people being at the centre of thinking in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the program
  2. The input of key stakeholders, especially young people, in the design of the program is critical
  3. Establishing, developing and nurturing a relationship between the mentor and mentee where the mentor is an equal rather than a teacher, and there is a culture of two-way (or both way) learning for the mentee and the mentor
  4. Approaches which are holistic in nature, recognising that there are many layers, relationships and influences in a young person’s life, mentoring being just one
  5. Sound program design based on evidence of what works and supported by appropriate policies and procedures
  6. Cultural, ability and gender appropriate content and processes
  7. Effective collaboration and partnering with other agencies
  8. Adequate funds to run the program over an appropriate length of time
  9. Well defined, effective structures of management and governance
  10. Monitoring, evaluation and review integrated throughout the program.19

Importance of co-designing

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The importance of co-designing

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