Teen Mentoring Toolkit

Tools for planning, implementing and evaluating a quality school or community-based teen mentoring Initiative

Screening & Selection

Effective screening of participants is perhaps the most important factor in determining the success and safety of your teen mentoring initiative. The screening and selection process is meant to protect participants and create successful matches.

Prior to being accepted as a teen mentor, it is critical that applicants are properly screened. The screening process can help determine whether a student will be an effective mentor as well as help students to decide if teen mentoring is right for them. Make sure all potential mentors understand at the outset that they will undergo screening. The screening process will take some time, but it will help prevent issues and mitigate risk. Information gathered throughout the screening process should be kept confidential and recorded in a file. Step 3: Tool A – Teen Mentor Screening Checklist (Sample) provides an example for keeping track of each step in the screening process.

Steps in the mentor screening process may include:


Steps in the mentee screening process may include:



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“We acknowledge that we are on and support Mentoring for Youth in the traditional territories across Alberta of the many First Nations from Treaty 6,7,& 8, the Métis of the 8 Alberta Settlements, and Inuit people whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.”