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Training New Mentors

NCJ Number
Date Published
March 2001
52 pages
This manual provides material for training new mentors, including suggested activities for two workshops that, together, require between 5 and 6 hours of training.
Training goals that are generally consistent across programs are to provide an understanding of the scope and limits of the mentor role; help develop the skills and attitudes required for effective mentoring; introduce the concept of positive youth development; provide information on the strengths and vulnerabilities of the child or youth who is in the program; provide information on program requirements and supports for mentors; and build the confidence of participants. Tips for trainers encompass the preparation for each training session, conducting each training session, and what to do after each training session. The next section of the manual presents an agenda and describes the activities for an introductory training workshop for new mentors that is designed to help mentors develop a realistic understanding of their roles and begin to explore effective approaches to mentoring. Materials are also provided for a second training workshop for new mentors. It is designed to help mentors develop communication skills and examine approaches for building trust with their mentees. Resources and instructions are provided for each activity in the two workshops.

Date Published: March 1, 2001