Training

Get trained on Best Practices for Mentors and Mentoring Programs

We know that mentoring can be transformational for children and youth – but quality matters! Find out what you need to know to be the best mentor you can be, or ensure your mentoring program is using the best practices to maximize the benefits for children and youth.

MENTOR Independence Region offers trainings for both mentors, mentees, and mentoring programs on the research and evidence-based best practices. For more information on any of these trainings, please contact Adelaide Moschler at amoschler@mentorir.org or call us at 215-701-8108.

For Mentoring Program Staff and Board

These trainings are based on The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and are intended for audiences of mentoring program staff, leadership, and board.

A comprehensive, fast-paced training covering evidence-based practices in program planning and design and the operational standards of a mentoring program. Eight hours.

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A deep dive on evidence-based practices for recruiting mentors and mentees. Two hours.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define a targeted recruitment audience for potential mentors and mentess
  • Recruit appropriate mentors and mentees by realistically describing their program’s aims and expectations
  • Develop a targeted plan to recruit mentors and mentees
  • Apply the recruitment standard from the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th edition to their mentoring program practices

A thorough exploration of evidence-based practices for screening mentors and mentees for safety and suitability. Three hours.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the screening benchmarks for mentors and mentees
  • Identify screening practices to determine whether mentor applicants will have the time, commitment, and personal qualities to effectively mentor
  • List the key components of a comprehensive criminal background check process
  • Translate screening requirements to meet the needs of their program design and setting
  • Apply the screening standard from the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th edition to program practices

Evidence-based practices in training mentors and considerations for training mentees. Four hours.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why training mentors leads to effective and safe mentoring relationships
  • Apply adult learning theory and principles of effective training to the design of training sessions
  • Design a training system that teaches mentors the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to build an effective and safe mentoring relationship within their program context
  • Recognize the importance of using culturally appropriate language and tools for training program participants
  • Apply the training standard from the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th edition to program practices

Best practices in pairing mentors and mentees and getting the relationship off to a solid start. Two hours.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how effective matching builds the foundation for quality and enduring mentoring relationships
  • Define the steps in the process of making and initiating a match, including the first mentor-mentee meeting
  • Use informed criteria to build program-specific matching strategy and process
  • Apply the matching and initiation standard from the Elements of Effective Practice, 4th edition to program practices

A deep dive to understand the evidence and best practices in keeping matches safe and supported. Two and a half hours.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of post-match monitoring and support in protecting youth safety, promoting match longevity, and achieving positive youth and program outcomes
  • Articulate the key tasks and processes involved in supporting quality mentoring relationships
  • Apply the monitoring and support standard from the Elements of Effective Practice, 4th edition to program practices

Best practices in healthy match closures that reinforce the lessons learned through mentoring. Two hours.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the importance of closure in the context of a mentoring relationship
  • Communicate closure policies and procedures throughout the lifetime of a mentoring relationship
  • Facilitate closure activities that bring a relationship to a close, as well as affirm the mentor(s) and the mentee(s)
  • Apply the closure standard from the Elements of Effective Practice, 4th edition to program practices

How to conceptualize, plan for, and execute a program evaluation that accurately captures the delivery and impact of a mentoring program. Five hours.

Ensuring child safety in mentoring program screening and monitoring procedures. Seven hours.

For Mentors and Staff

These trainings are intended for mentors but are also applicable to mentoring program staff and stakeholders.

Learn the evidence-based approaches to effective mentoring and how to create a supportive relationship. Four hours.

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Mentors closely examine their own power and privilege in their mentoring relationship, and develop a strengths-based approach to mentoring young Black & Latino men. Eight hours.

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Formal and informal Mentors, as well as mentoring program staff and board will develop awareness of trauma in order to support youth in developing resilience to cope with the effects trauma. Participants will !1) increase their knowledge and understanding of trauma, (2) explore youth behaviors through a trauma-informed lens, and (3) explore evidence-based strategies for supporting youth in developing resiliency. Two hours.

This curriculum is designed to be adapted to a variety of audiences and to be applicable to any relationship-rich space where youth and adults interact on a regular basis. Adults will learn to approach interactions and relationships with youth with a mentoring mindset and increase the quality and depth of these interactions and relationships. Participants will (1) understand the evidence-based developmental approach to interacting with youth, (2) explore concrete strategies to activate mentoring moments with youth, and (3) practice effective listening skills. Two Hours.

This training is targeted towards supervisors and workplace mentors of youth who are preparing to enter the workforce or have recently entered the workforce. Connect-Focus-Grow promotes a relationship building framework grounded in positive youth development that emphasizes a bi-directional, collaborative relationship that engages the strengths of both supervisor/mentor and intern/mentee. Participants will learn to:

  • Connect: Participants will learn tangible strategies and tactics to build trust and rapport, including support and celebration, positive youth development, and cultural humility
  • Focus: Participants will learn tools and activities to leverage with mentees in setting goals and creating action plans to achieve those goals
  • Grow: This content will review effective practices for giving and receiving feedback as well as dealing with common challenges in mentoring relationships

Two or three hours. Additional learning opportunities are available through an online Mentoring Portal.

Download the overview here: ConnectFocusGrow Overview

For Mentees

These trainings are intended for mentees.

In order to be successful in life we all need a network of supportive, positive relationships! MENTOR Independence Region’s Building Your Dream Team workshop encourages participants to take charge of developing their own supportive networks, engages participants with self-reflective and interactive activities, and educates participants about the importance of mentors, where to find mentors, and how to maximize mentoring relationships.

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This training is targeted towards youth aged 16-24 years who are preparing to enter the workforce or have recently entered the workforce. Connect-Focus-Grow promotes a relationship building framework grounded in positive youth development that emphasizes a bi-directional, collaborative relationship that engages the strengths of both supervisor/mentor and intern/mentee. Participants will learn to:

  • Connect: Participants will learn tangible strategies and tactics to build trust and rapport, including support and celebration, positive youth development, and cultural humility
  • Focus: Participants will learn tools and activities to leverage with mentees in setting goals and creating action plans to achieve those goals
  • Grow: This content will review effective practices for giving and receiving feedback as well as dealing with common challenges in mentoring relationships

Two or three hours. Additional learning opportunities are available through an online Mentoring Portal.