Successful Strategies for Mentoring
Just as youth comes with a wide spectrum of challenges and interest, a successful strategies operates with cooperation after recruiting mentors from a wide spectrum of partners. A disappointed youth, because an organization cannot find an appropriate mentor, could minimize the potential a mentoring program includes.
Open the World
People make choices for life from the world they see. If a youth does not know of an opportunity that is not a choice considered. The strength of a mentoring program comes through individuals who can open the world of the youth. This comes from soliciting a wide spectrum of organizations to offer mentors. Asking organizations for liaisons to the mentoring program gives a wider spectrum of mentors available to youth and the organizations who offer liaison input the work force the organization has for employees, customers and citizens within the community. These are the individuals building and affecting the community so if we do not solicit input a mentoring program fails to offer a wide spectrum and realistic mentoring. Can the mentors and youth also interact as an organization?
Mentors and youth need to interact as a group and as individual team. This can be on an individual basis and as a collective basis. Some opportunities need developing that the groups get together as either education or sharing of the challenge. You can have a retreat in which both groups meet together for an orientation process and than meet separately to discuss the process and the drawbacks and than get back together for team building activities.
There are celebrations that all groups routinely throw and mentoring programs should facilitate these celebrations for the mentoring programs. Christmas parties make up most organizations and mentoring programs should include along with a picnic in the summer. Imagine the benefit of the expansion of the exposure to individuals for the youth.The youth can introduce the mentors to other youths and mentors would introduce and offer praise of the youth to other mentors. Networking builds and maintains the program just as most organizations benefit from networking.
Reunions are the last characteristics of mentoring programs. Mentors and youth need opportunities to continue the networking opportunities to reinforce that the positive impact of the program. A youth coming back as a mentor would illustrate success for the program and increase the ability to recruit possible mentors through relationships built.
Successful strategies for mentoring programs come through networking. The vast amount of variety needed in mentors means building partnerships.