Find a Mentoring Program That Is Right for You
Deciding to become a mentor is an important decision that has the potential to have a tremendous impact on both you and your mentee. We want to be sure that you can find a program that will fit your needs and aspirations as a mentor. However, before you start to research programs it’s important to identify your own interests and needs.
Here are a few questions you should answer before embarking on your program search:
- What time commitment can I make?
- What age of youth would I like to work with?
- Would I like to work with one child or with a group of children?
- Would I like to team with other adults to mentor a child or a group of children?
- What types of activities interest me? Do I want to help a youth learn a specific skill, pursue an interest, help with schoolwork or just be a caring adult friend?
- What mentoring location would I prefer?
While thinking about these questions, remember to be open and flexible to all the different mentoring programs and focus areas that are out there. Once you’ve thought through some of these questions, you’re ready to start looking at programs.