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Evidence Based Activities to Build Mentoring Relationships

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As program staff, how many times have you heard a mentor say, “I don’t know what to do with my mentee” or “My mentee just doesn’t want to work on academics”? Probably more often than ...

As program staff, how many times have you heard a mentor say, “I don’t know what to do with my mentee” or “My mentee just doesn’t want to work on academics”? Probably more often than you’d like! In this month’s webinar, part of the free series from Friends for Youth's Mentoring Institute, we review the latest research on how activities between mentors and mentees positively and negatively impact the relationship, discuss the purpose of activities in building the relationship, and focus on one particular activity through a variety of formats. Additionally, participants were invited to share ideas of activities appropriate for a range of mentees.

Goal setting, an important aspect within both instrumental and developmental approaches, was examined through two specific examples used by mentoring programs: Targeting Goals activities contained in the Mentoring Journal from Friends for Youth and the online Goal Setting tool available through the AmericaLearns platform from Blue Ribbon Advocate-Mentor Program. Each program discussed when and how they introduce these tools to maximize the relationship and further its development.

This webinar featured Graig Meyer, Program Coordinator from the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program in Chapel Hill, NC with Sarah Kremer from Friends for Youth both sharing expertise on supporting mentors in brainstorming effective activities.

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