Preparing Mentees for the Match

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Quality In Action webinar series hosted by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. Feb. 9, 2011.

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  • Slides available on Slideshare. Resources/web sites available at end of slides and in follow up email.
  • Training New Mentees : A Manual for Preparing Youth in Mentoring Programs by Judy Strother Taylor and NMC staff for the National Mentoring Center with support from OJJDP.
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    1. 1. Quality in Action February 9, 2011 Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Preparing Mentees for the Match
    2. 2. Webinar Logistics <ul><li>Asking Questions & Sharing Comments During the Webinar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Raise your hand” & MPM Organizers will unmute you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or, type questions (and comments) in the question/answer section and submit; we will respond directly to you or possibly share your question with all attendees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When unmuted, please monitor your background noise </li></ul></ul>April Riordan , Director of Training and Community Partnerships Recordings of past webinars are available on our Facebook page via the Files tab.
    3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Is mentee training/preparation important? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we learn from research? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits of pre-match preparation for mentees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What resources are available to help programs prepare mentees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MPM Executive Youth Board Mentee Training Project </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Mentee Training <ul><li>How critical is it? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Elements of Effective Practice: Standard 3: Training <ul><li>Enhancements: </li></ul><ul><li>Program provides training for the mentee and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) (when appropriate) on the following topics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program guidelines; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentors’ obligations and appropriate roles; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentees’ obligations and appropriate roles; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parental/guardian involvement guidelines. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Importance of Mentee Training <ul><li>Learn about the concept of mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the roles of those involved in the program </li></ul><ul><li>Develop reasonable expectations for the mentoring relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Understand their responsibilities as mentees </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to get the most out of their mentoring relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the limits of confidentiality and the boundaries of the mentoring relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance skills for recognizing and dealing with inappropriate or abusive behavior by adults </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to obtain assistance if they have questions or concerns, and </li></ul><ul><li>Practice skills that will assist them in the mentoring relationship </li></ul>
    7. 7. Mentor Training Benefits <ul><li>Mentors who received fewer than two hours of training reported the lowest levels of closeness and support in their relationships with youth, </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors who received more pre-match and ongoing training not only reported higher levels of closeness with their mentees but were also more likely to continue to mentor the child into a second year. </li></ul>EYB members looked for research and examined existing mentee training materials during a retreat
    8. 8. Avoiding Early Match Termination <ul><li>Programs can spend more time assessing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>what the youth hopes to get out of the relationship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>their expectations around meetings with their mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the level of cooperation and participation they are likely to bring to the relationship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoiding Early Match Termination (Fact Sheet) This fact sheet, based on the research of Renee Spencer at Boston University, explores reasons why mentoring relationships tend to fail, often with disastrous consequences for youth participants. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Avoiding Early Match Termination <ul><li>Unmet Expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expected an easier time getting to know their mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uncomfortable opening up to their mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Felt they were not a high priority in mentor’s life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoiding Early Match Termination (Fact Sheet) This fact sheet, based on the research of Renee Spencer at Boston University, explores reasons why mentoring relationships tend to fail, often with disastrous consequences for youth participants. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Avoiding Early Match Termination <ul><li>Support Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure your mentees know all the supports available to them and that asking for some help is a good (and expected) thing in mentoring relationships. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoiding Early Match Termination (Fact Sheet) This fact sheet, based on the research of Renee Spencer at Boston University, explores reasons why mentoring relationships tend to fail, often with disastrous consequences for youth participants. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Overcoming Relationship Pitfalls <ul><li>Beginning Phase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting off on the wrong foot, missed meetings, perceptions of closeness, unmet expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building Phase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentees too dependent, mentors overwhelmed, mentor’s approach, underappreciated, boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Testing Phase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking it personally, terminating/avoiding the match </li></ul></ul>Overcoming Relationship Pitfalls (Fact Sheet) This fact sheet explores the typical cycle of a mentoring relationship and the common stumbling blocks that can occur along the way
    12. 12. Mentee Training Project
    13. 13. Video <ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Youth perspective & youth engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Instructions for viewing during webinar </li></ul>
    14. 14. What’s Next <ul><li>Test with local programs & new mentees </li></ul><ul><li>Add/edit video content </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to add resources/activity ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Comic/Graphic novel idea </li></ul>
    15. 15. Resources <ul><li>Elements of Effective Practice – </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for Mentee Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Agenda for Mentees and Parents/Guardians (Word, 28k) </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for Intake and Orientation for Mentees and Parents/Guardians (Word, 25k) </li></ul><ul><li>Mentee Roles and Responsibilities and Worksheet (Word, 27k) </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Release Form (Word, 24k) </li></ul>
    16. 16. Resources <ul><li>Preparing Mentees for Success: A Program Manager’s Guide (pdf) by Dustianne North, M.S.W. & Jerry Sherk, M.A. Produced by The EMT Group for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Training New Mentees : A Manual for Preparing Youth in Mentoring Programs by Judy Strother Taylor and NMC staff for the National Mentoring Center with support from OJJDP. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Resources <ul><li>Enriching the Mentoring Experience Through Ongoing Mentee Training , U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing Participants for Mentoring: The U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Program’s Guide to Initial Training of Volunteers, Youth, and Parents by Amy Cannata and Michael Garringer, National Mentoring Center with Judy Taylor and Elsy Arvalo, EMT Published by: Mentoring Resource Center in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools </li></ul>
    18. 18. Resources <ul><li>Mentoring For Meaningful Results: Asset-Building Tips, Tools and Activities for Youth and Adults , by Kristie Probst, Search Institute. ($27.95, paperback) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Available for free download: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Mentor’s Role in My Life </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Setting and Reaching Goals </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Resources <ul><li>Tools for Mentoring Adolescents , developed by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) in collaboration with the Search Institute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TMA 3 - Aren't Mentors for Little Kids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TMA 10 - Activity: What's Hot and What's Not </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Other Resources <ul><li>This presentation & others www.slideshare.net/traininginstitute </li></ul><ul><li>MPM Training www.mpmn.org/traininginstitute </li></ul><ul><li>Web sites & PDFs www.delicious.com/traininginstitute </li></ul>
    21. 21. Thank You! <ul><li>Next Quality in Action webinar is March 2, 2011; 12:00 – 1:00 pm CDT </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing Training for Mentors - Amy Cannata from the National Mentoring Center will talk about their new FREE resource, Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors , an interactive website that uses video stories and other tools to enhance ongoing mentor training. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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