Mentoring Module Descriptions

“Building the Mentoring Relationship”module focus on defining the role of a mentor. They prepare mentors for the task of connecting with young people and planning activities with them to meet match needs.

“Setting Boundaries” module discusses the appropriate boundaries between mentors and mentees. It explores the importance of these boundaries, including boundaries set by programs and by the families of mentees, in keeping both mentors and mentees safe in relationships. Activities also touch on how to recognize when boundaries are crossed and what to do in those instances.

“Communication” module introduces mentors to basic communication skills as well as tools to allow mentors to more smoothly communicate with mentees and mentees’ families from differing backgrounds. This section also includes activities that teach problem solving skills, goal setting and teamwork.

“Youth Development” module introduces mentors to the various issues important to young people and communicates how young people develop their skills. Though these skills may not always be academic and adults at school or home may not value them, they still are important to a young person. These in-depth activities tackle subjects such as bullying, exploring youth interests, cultivating safe spaces for youth and thinking through decision making in an age-appropriate way.

“Cultural Competency” training activities touch on issues of difference by helping mentors to acknowledge and appreciate the various backgrounds they may encounter during mentoring. This section also introduces mentors to ways to interact with people different from themselves. It encourages mentors to celebrate differences and acknowledge how differences can be a learning opportunity for both mentor and mentee.

 

Mentor Training Menus:

AUDIENCE: Site-based, peer mentors
TIME: 2 hours

ACTIVITY

Category

TIME

Sweet as Candy

Building the Mentoring Relationship

10 minutes

A Mentor Is, A Mentor Is Not

Building the Mentoring Relationship

20 minutes

Cross the Line

Setting Boundaries

20 minutes

Unseen Artists

Communication

30 minutes

Unbreakable

Youth Development

30 minutes

AUDIENCE: Site-based, peer mentors
TIME: 2 hours

ACTIVITY

Category

TIME

Sweet as Candy

Building the Mentoring Relationship

10 minutes

A Mentor Is, A Mentor Is Not

Building the Mentoring Relationship

20 minutes

Cross the Line

Setting Boundaries

20 minutes

Unseen Artists or Tree Problem Solver

Communication

30 minutes

The Right Stuff

Communication

15 minutes

Cultural Tossup

Cultural Competency

15 minutes

Unbreakable

Youth Development

30 minutes

Peer Pressure Blowup

Youth Development

25 minutes

Step In, Step Up

Youth Development

45 minutes

Positive Me

Youth Development

20 minutes

Adult MENTOR TRAINING MENUS:
AUDIENCE: Site-based mentoring, adult mentors
TIME: 3 hours

ACTIVITY

Category

TIME

Mentors Are Like…

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Cross the Line

Setting Boundaries

20 minutes

Rules: What Good Are They?

Setting Boundaries

30 minutes

Are You Listening?

Communication

15 minutes

Tree Problem Solver

Communication

35 minutes

What’s It Like to Be a Young Person?

Youth Development

15 minutes

Scrambled Eggs

Youth Development

30 minutes

AUDIENCE: Site-based mentoring, adult mentors
TIME: 3 hours

ACTIVITY

Category

TIME

Sweet as Candy

Building the Mentoring Relationship

15 minutes

Mentor Web

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Mentors Are Like…

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Cross the Line

Setting Boundaries

20 minutes

Rules: What Good Are They?

Setting Boundaries

30 minutes

Are You Listening?

Communication

15 minutes

Tree Problem Solver

Communication

35 minutes

What’s It Like to Be a Young Person?

Youth Development

15 minutes

Scrambled Eggs

Youth Development

30 minutes

Cultural Tossup

Cultural Competency

15 minutes

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg

Cultural Competency

25 minutes

Mentoring Millennials

Cultural Competency

60 minutes

AUDIENCE: Community-based, adult mentors
TIME: 3 hours

ACTIVITY

Category

TIME

Mentors Are Like…

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Relationships: Where Do They Stand?

Setting Boundaries

15 minutes

Boundaries Brainstorm

Setting Boundaries

15 minutes

Draw Me  For Your Leader or I FeelWhenBeCause

Communication

15 minutes

What’s It Like to Be a Young Person?

Youth Development

15 minutes

Understanding Adultism: Building Positive Youth-Adult Relationships

Youth Development

45 minutes

AUDIENCE: Community-based, adult mentors
TIME: 6 hours

ACTIVITY

Category

TIME

Mentor Web

Building the Mentoring Relationship

40 minutes

Mentors Are Like…

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Reality Check

Building the Mentoring Relationship

40 minutes

Mentoring Activity Planning Tools

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Relationships: Where Do They Stand?

Setting Boundaries

15 minutes

Boundaries Brainstorm

Setting Boundaries

40 minutes

Draw Me for Your Leader

Communication

15 minutes

I FeelWhenBecause

 

 

What’s It Like to Be a Young Person?

Youth Development

15 minutes

Understanding Adultism: Building Positive Youth-Adult Relationships

Youth Development

45 minutes

What Do You Value?

Cultural Competency

45 minutes

AUDIENCE: Community-based, adult mentors
TIME: 9 hours

ACTIVITY

Category

TIME

Mentor Web

Building the Mentoring Relationship

40 minutes

Mentors Are Like…

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Mentoring Activity Planning Tools

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Traveling the Relationship Road

Building the Mentoring Relationship

45 minutes

Relationships: Where Do They Stand?

Setting Boundaries

15 minutes

Boundaries Brainstorm

Setting Boundaries

40 minutes

Draw Me for Your Leader

Communication

15 minutes

I FeelWhenBecause

 

 

Are You Listening?

Communication

15 minutes

What’s It Like to Be a Young Person?

Youth Development

15 minutes

Understanding Adultism: Building Positive Youth-Adult Relationships

Youth Development

45 minutes

Building a Developmental Assets® Toolbox

Youth Development

45 minutes

What Do You Value?

Cultural Competency

45 minutes

Golden Ticket

Cultural Competency

45 minutes

AUDIENCE: Group mentoring, adult mentors
TIME: 3 hours

ACTIVITY

CATEGORY

TIME

Soap and Sugar Adults

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Stormin’ Norman

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Boundaries Brainstorm

Setting Boundaries

40 minutes

Untangled

Communication

20 minutes

Take Your Best Shot

Communication

20 minutes

Unbreakble

Youth Development

30 minutes

 

AUDIENCE: Group mentoring, adult mentors
TIME: 6 hours

ACTIVITY

CATEGORY

TIME

Soap and Sugar Adults

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Stormin’ Norman

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Boundaries Brainstorm

Setting Boundaries

40 minutes

Untangled

Communication

20 minutes

Take Your Best Shot

Communication

20 minutes

Unbreakble

Youth Development

30 minutes

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking or Face Time

Communication

40 minutes

Unbreakable

Youth Development

30 minutes

Learning by Doing

Youth Development

30 minutes

Unmasking Life Skills

Youth Development

30 minutes

Leadership Puzzle

Youth Development

35 minutes

Stand for Your Values

Cultural Competency

20 minutes

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg

Cultural Competency

25 minutes

AUDIENCE: Group mentoring, adult mentors
TIME: 6 hours

ACTIVITY

CATEGORY

TIME

Soap and Sugar Adults

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Stormin’ Norman

Building the Mentoring Relationship

30 minutes

Rules: What Good Are They? Or This Is a Test

Setting Boundaries

40 minutes

Boundaries Brainstorm

Setting Boundaries

40 minutes

Untangled

Communication

20 minutes

Are You Listening?

Communication

20 minutes

Take Your Best Shot

Communication

20 minutes

Unbreakble

Youth Development

30 minutes

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking or Tree Problem Solver

Communication

40 minutes

Unbreakable

Youth Development

30 minutes

Learning by Doing

Youth Development

30 minutes

Unmasking Life Skills

Youth Development

30 minutes

Leadership Puzzle

Youth Development

35 minutes

What’s in a Name?

Cultural Competency

20 minutes

Stand for Your Values

Cultural Competency

20 minutes

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg

Cultural Competency

25 minutes

Mentoring Millennials

Cultural Competency

60 minutes