Mentors are better able to handle situations that may arise successfully if they receive effective training prior to beginning the mentoring match.
In order to meet this standard of effective practice and for certification purposes, all mentoring programs should provide a minimum of 2 hours of initial training for each new mentor. Subsequent training opportunities for the mentors throughout their time of service are encouraged.
I. Training Elements
- Create a training plan that should be followed with all potential participants, that includes elements for both for initial and ongoing training.
- Sample Training Plan provided.
- Have trained staff trainers to do the mentor/volunteer training – it is important that those doing the training have experience with mentoring programs and/or other volunteer programs.
- It may be necessary to bring in outside speakers for certain training issues.
(e.g. A police officer to talk about gang awareness).
- Sample Training Plan
II. Training Issues
The ABC’s of Mentoring
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How To Be A Great Mentor
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