- List characteristics of successful mentors
- Review testimony from others that define characteristics of quality mentors
Let’s take a look at the following characteristics of successful mentors:
- High level of attunement in their personal relationships
- Belief that they are capable of filling the mentor role (self-efficacy)
- Realistic expectations about the relationship, the experience, and the impact they can have on youth
- The ability to problem solve and seek out support from the Program, to overcome difficulties and avoid ending the Match
- Having a youth-centered focus — the ability to relate to youth at their level
- An awareness of their own personal biases and cultural competency
- The ability to reflect their own motivations, actions, and contributions to the relationship
The research has demonstrated that youth in high-quality relationships improve academic performance, reduce the likelihood of dropping out, decrease incidence of high risk behaviors—substance abuse, carrying a weapon, unsafe sex and violence, and supports young people in their development – academic, emotional and social.
___ Review the Resources
___ Complete Activities
___ Complete the Module 4 Questions
- PDF – “Mentoring Works” by Jonathan Alter: This article provides a great summary of why mentoring is working with youth.
- PDF – “Getting the Gold” by Annetta Miller: This article outlines how mentors must always consider the goals, need, and interests of the mentee (cadet) when engaging in the relationship.
- Fill-in the last column to help identify some of the reasons you have decided to be a volunteer mentor with ChalleNGe. Reflecting on and identifying your reasons now will help you maintain your focus throughout your time as a mentor. Come back and review what you have listed, when you need a reminder of why you choose to volunteer as a youth mentor.
|Function||Description||Example||Your own reasons for mentoring|
|Values Function||The person is volunteering in order to express or act on important values, such as humanism and helping the less fortunate.||“I hear so much about the hard lives these kids have and feel I should do what I can to help.”|
|Understanding Function||The volunteer is seeking to learn more about the world and/or exercise skills that are often unused.||“I know I’ve lived a sheltered life, so I want to know what these kids are dealing with.”|
|Enhancement Function||The individual is seeking to learn more about the world and/or exercise skills that are often unused.||“I get such a good feeling when I am helping others.”|
|Career Function||The volunteer has the goal of gaining career-related experience through volunteering.||“I’m considering getting into education and want to see how I get along with children.”|
|Social Function||Volunteering allows the person to strengthen one’s social relationships.||“Two of my good friends are mentors and say I’d be good at it.”|
|Protective Function||The individual uses volunteering to reduce negative feelings, such as guilt, or to address personal address.||“I want to give a child the role model I never had growing up.”|