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Components of a Successful Mentoring Program

Learn the fundamentals of starting a mentoring program. Formal, informal, site-based, and community-based mentoring programs are discussed. Participants develop action plans for their mentoring programs.

Youth & Family Resiliency

Learn the Strengths Perspective and Resiliency Model for assessing youth and families. Participants practice identifying strengths in program clients.

Adolescent Development

Learn the stages of adolescent development and tools to help mentors understand their mentees’ developmental tasks.

Working with Parents and Guardians

Learn the value of parental support of the mentoring relationship. Learn how to engage parents in the mentoring process.

Volunteer Recruitment

Learn effective tools to recruit volunteer mentors. Participants develop recruitment messages specific to their own programs.

Volunteer Screening: Tools and Techniques

Learn the importance of screening potential mentors. Participants are introduced to various screening methods to ensure the quality and safety of their clients and program.

Dimensions of Diversity

Learn the skills of cultural competency and how to implement them within your mentoring program.

Interviewing Skills

Learn how to effectively interview potential program clients and volunteers.

Matching Youth with Adult Volunteers

Learn techniques for deciding how to match their mentors and mentees to ensure effective long-term relationships.

Supervision of Match Relationships

Learn how to develop and implement standard methods of supervision for your mentors and matches.

Group Work

Learn how group activities can enhance your mentoring program and how to run groups effectively.

Risk and Liability

Learn tools for risk management. Insurance and liability issues specific to mentoring programs are discussed.

Volunteer Training: Topics and Activities

Learn the BBBS of NYC’s curriculum for training volunteers as well as tools for becoming an effective volunteer trainer.

Fundraising Skills

Learn the various tools and techniques that may be used to secure funding for mentoring programs.

Program Evaluation

Learn the importance of formal evaluation of your mentoring programs and get introduced to the basic tools for evaluation.

Closure: Ending Mentoring Relationships

Learn how to end mentoring relationships in a healthy and positive manner.