Preparing to end your mentor relationshipPresentation Transcript
AmeriCorps Seminar 4.27.2012
ActivityWrite down 3 reasons you think you should thoughtfully prepare ending your mentor relationship with your cohort?
Why Prepare? The ending of a relationship can be difficult. Mentee may have been disappointed and negatively impacted by earlier experiences. Ending or Transition of relationships must be done carefully and thoughtfully. You have worked hard on the reationship -- end on a high note.
Strategies Have the transition take place gradually. Give your mentee ample warning of the program closure.
Calendaring the End Be clear about the date of your last meeting and be sure to inform your mentee(s) of this ahead of time. DON’T wait until the last minute to say goodbye.
Activities Plan fun activities together prior to the termination date. Do something extra special for your last meeting.
How to Discuss the ENDBe honest, candid, and supportive.
EXPRESS YOURSELF Encourage your mentees to express their feelings about the transition. Model the behavior. Don’t expect young people to reciprocate.
Emotional Prep Be prepared for anger or denial…. Hopefully not! Help students anticipate these feelings. Be aware and monitor your own feelings.
Build ConfidenceUse the termination process as a mean to recall your mentees’ strengths and progress.Reassure your confidence.
Keep In TouchMutually agree on how and when/if you will stay in touch*.
REMEMBER!!!Don’t make promises you cannot or will not keep.
Other Considerations Exit survey Transition Form