Designing and Building a Successful Mentoring Program and the Elements for Effective Practices Series

Thursday, January 9, 2020
9:00 am1:00 pm
The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, 30 Jordan Lane, Wethersfield, CT

Designing and Building a Successful Mentoring Program
January 9, 2020 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Many organizations like yours have recognized the value in youth mentoring as a prevention strategy, and over twelve thousand children across the state have benefited from their participation in mentoring programs. But, what distinguishes a mentoring program from other youth programs, and what exactly is involved in launching one? If you are starting and building a high-quality, effective youth mentoring program to meet the needs of young people, this training opportunity is for you!

Learning Objectives:
• Describe the purposes of designing and planning a sustainable mentoring program;
• Design a responsive and performance-based youth mentoring program;
• Identify a mentoring program model most suitable for their organization;
• Develop and manage strategies for screening, recruiting, training, matching and monitoring the youth and their relationship;
• Incorporate the MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership’s Elements of Effective Practice in an interactive learning environment; and
• Apply resource materials for mentor program development and volunteer management.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ Standard 1: Recruitment
January 16, 2020 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Recruiting mentors is one of the greatest challenges facing mentoring programs. Mentors’ unfulfilled expectations can lead to a premature ending to a mentoring relationship. However, a clear and concise recruitment plan can make a significant difference. This training will equip program coordinators with the skills and resources needed to develop and implement a recruitment plan to sustain programming.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify strategies that work for recruiting mentors;
• Define the fundamental steps to develop a clear and concise recruitment plan;
• Develop recruitment strategies driven by program goals.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ Standard 2: Screening
January 23, 2020 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Careful screening improves the quality of your mentors and helps to ensure the safety of youth involved in your program, while minimizing the level of risk and liability. This training will detail effective practices for screening potential mentors, including interview techniques and background checks.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify best practices for the screening of mentors;
• Identify and compare appropriate mentor screening tools and resources;
• Identify the key components of a comprehensive criminal background check process.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ Standard 3: Training
Feb 6, 2020 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mentor training is a vital component of any successful mentoring program. New mentors are more likely to succeed if they participate in an effective training session to prepare them for their role. Mentors need to understand the scope of their responsibilities, develop skills to be an effective mentor, understand positive youth development and understand the policies and procedures of the program. This training will equip the program staff member with resources needed to conduct mentor trainings.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify strategies that work for training mentors;
• Apply the principles of adult learning in training session;
• Develop the sequence of the components needed for mentor trainings;
• Demonstrate the nuts and bolts of delivering an effective two-hour basic mentor training; and
• Design effective follow-up training sessions.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ Standard 4: Matching and Initiating
February 13, 2020 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mentor training is a vital component of any successful mentoring program. New mentors are more likely to succeed if they participate in an effective training session to prepare them for their role. Mentors need to understand the scope of their responsibilities, develop skills to be an effective mentor, understand positive youth development and understand the policies and procedures of the program. This training will equip the program staff member with resources needed to conduct mentor trainings.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe the purposes of matching;
• Define compatibility considerations for program practices;
• Identify criteria for matching and sustaining mentors/mentees; and
• Apply cultural competency skills in support of the mentor, mentees and their family.

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ Standard 5: Monitoring and Support & Standard 6: Closure
February 20, 2020 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Match monitoring is an essential component of successful mentoring programs and fulfills a variety of needs. Checking in with mentors, mentees, and parents on a regular basis is an important tool for risk management and has been found to lead to stronger, longer lasting relationships. Matches that are monitored and supported are more satisfying and successful, which, in turn, leads to more positive youth outcomes.

Mentoring relationships can end for any number of reasons, including the contracted match duration has ended, one or both participants do not want to continue the match, or there are changes in life circumstances in one or both of the match partner’s lives. When the decision has been made to end the formal mentoring relationship, programs should always facilitate the match closure in a way that affirms the contributions of both the mentor and the mentee and end the relationship on a positive note for everyone involved.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe the purposes of monitoring, support, and closure;
• Apply evidence-based protocol to develop a plan to monitor the mentor relationship;
• Assess the quality of the match from the perspective of both the mentor and mentee; and
• Identify prevention and interventions to closures;
• Develop closure procedures including guidelines for rematch;
• Demonstrate facilitating the closure process.

Target Audience: School, business, community and faith-based mentoring staff members who are responsible for operating mentor programs and/or training mentors.

If you have a promo code insert it in the promo code box, to request a promo code for a discount in training, contact Aristede Hill at Aristede.Hill@PreventionWorksCT.org or (860) 757-3605.

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