Start your Community Based Mentoring Program
Quality mentoring is mentoring that produces significant, lasting, positive outcomes for mentees. It is responsible, ethical, effective mentoring. Mentoring programs come in all shapes and sizes but there are some key components that help to ensure quality and that the needs of the mentee, volunteer mentor, organization and community are fulfilled.
Mentoring a Unique or Diverse Population?
If you are working with a unique or diverse community please supplement these steps with the tools and resources included in the sections below. These additional tools have been developed to support mentoring programs with immigrant, refugee, Indigenous youth and youth in care.
Key steps to develop a Mentoring Program and related Tools
Below you can find a multitude of tools and resources to help you create a mentoring program along with more specific resources to help bring your program to the next level, including considerations for crating mentoring programs for special populations. You can also download the Creating a Quality, Community-Based Mentoring Program Toolkit package as a .zip file.
Strength-Based Mentoring: Nurturing the social-emotional development of children and youth
Rather than focus on problem behaviours and risks, strength based mentoring helps youth realize their strengths, identify and develop their leadership skills, and apply them in healthy, productive ways.
Use this toolkit to strengthen your mentoring program and help mentors look beyond problem behaviours to kids’ strengths.
What enables some children and youth to do well in life, to successfully navigate life’s challenges and to feel hopeful about the future in spite of adversity, while others are over-whelmed or uncertain? Research has determined that the one clear difference between these two categories of young people is the presence of a significant mentoring or supportive adult influence in their lives that enhances their strengths, resources and ability to thrive in the face of life’s inevitable challenges.
Download: Strength-Based Mentoring: Introduction