The Mentoring Program Coordinator
Monitor individual sessions and overall progress:
- regular, scheduled one-to-one meetings with mentors and mentees to debrief and communicate
- a Match Agreement with documented boundaries and guidelines to govern the mentor/mentee relationship, e.g. the frequency and location of meetings
- mentor and young person to keep a record of each meeting. Meeting Progress Records are useful tools for mentors and mentees to record meeting dates, objectives discussed, outcomes and next steps and will also aid the program evaluation.
- procedures for input from community partners, family, and significant others
- structured group meetings of mentors and mentees to build social cohesion and networks for all participants.19
Monitoring individual mentoring sessions and overall progress:
- provide mentors with an after-hours phone number. Usually that of the Mentoring Program Coordinator should they be confronted with an emergency concerning the young person
- group mentor and mentee meetings. Mentors and mentees can debrief with one another and share their experiences and strategies
- invite input from community partners, family, and significant others
- distribute a regular newsletter that gives tips on successful mentoring relationships
- provide certificates to celebrate successful matches
- acknowledge volunteer contributions during National Volunteer Week or Youth Mentoring Week
- provide opportunities for mentors to speak about their experience at external events
- invite experienced mentors to assist with mentor training as a way of recognising their skills and experience.