Components of a Successful Mentoring Program

Participants learn the fundamentals of starting a mentoring program. Concepts of formal and informal mentoring and site-based and community-based mentoring programs are discussed. Participants develop action plans for their mentoring programs.

Youth & Family Resiliency

Participants learn the Strengths, Perspective and Resiliency Model for assessing youth and families. Participants practice identifying strengths in program clients.

Adolescent Development

Participants learn the stages of adolescent development and tools to help mentors understand their mentees’ developmental tasks.

Working with Parents and Guardians

Participants learn the value of parental support to the mentoring relationship. Participants learn how to engage parents in the mentoring process.

Volunteer Recruitment

Participants learn effective tools to recruit volunteer mentors. Participants develop recruitment messages specific to their own programs.

Volunteer Screening: Tools and Techniques

Participants learn the importance of screening potential mentors and are introduced to various screening methods to ensure the quality and safety of their clients and program.

Dimensions of Diversity

Participants learn the skills of cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, and bias awareness and how to implement them within their mentoring program.

Interviewing Skills

Participants learn how to effectively interview potential program clients and volunteers.

Matching Youth with Adult Volunteers

Participants learn techniques for deciding how to match their mentors and mentees to ensure effective long-term relationships. 

Supervision of Match Relationships

Participants learn how to develop and implement standard methods of supervision for their mentors and matches.

Group Work

Participants learn how group activities can enhance their mentoring program and how to run groups effectively.

Risk and Liability

Learn tools for risk management. Insurance and liability issues specific to mentoring programs are discussed.

Volunteer Training: Topics and Activities

Participants learn the BBBS of NYC’s curriculum for training volunteers as well as tools for becoming an effective volunteer trainer.

Fundraising Skills

Participants learn the various tools and techniques that may be used to secure funding for mentoring programs.

Program Evaluation

Participants learn the importance of formal evaluation of their mentoring programs and are introduced to basic tools for evaluation.

Closure: Ending Mentoring Relationships

Participants learn how to end mentoring relationships in a healthy and positive manner.