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Youth to Youth Fund Mentorship Training

Background information and valuable mentoring tips for our Youth to Youth Fund mentors.

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Transcript of Youth to Youth Fund Mentorship Training

Communication Warnings Reflection Expectations Background First Meeting Mentorship Ideas ... a relationship over a prolonged period of time between two or more people where the mentor provides constant, as needed support, guidance, and concrete help to the protégé as they travel through life. Mentoring is A mentor is not ... a parent
... a tutor
... a provider
... all knowing Successful Mentor Practises The most important factor for success is a good relationship Focus on building trust and establish a strong relationship before moving on to other objectives. Take responsibility for the relationship. Be consistent and reliable, and follow through on your commitments. Respect the youth's viewpoint. Pay attention to their suggestions for your meetings and respond to their needs. Concentrate on the potential and the progress of your mentee, not their faults. Benefits of Mentorship Improved relationships with friends and family
More confidence and self-esteem
Expanded network What are your
expectations? Why did you volunteer to be a mentor? What do you think your mentee will be like?
How do you think you will interact together? What do you hope to get out of this relationship? What do you think you can offer your mentee?
What outcomes do you think will result from this relationship? What challenges do you think might come up?
How will you handle them? What kind of mentor will you be? As you think back to your childhood, do any adults stand out? Who were the adults that made a positive difference in your life? Why do you think they took a special interest in you? What is it that made each of them a great mentor? What did they have in common? Based on these experiences, how do you wan t to be as a mentor? What are your strongest personality traits and how can they serve you as a mentor? What to Expect The first few meetings with your mentee can set the tone and roles for the rest of your relationship.

Don't try to jump straight to business - take the time to get to know you mentee well on a personal level.

Your mentee will also have his or her set of expectations. He or she will need to get to know you and your expectations before moving forward.

Your mentee might not be open and friendly right away. It takes time to build trust. Topic Suggestions Introduce yourself and provide details on your professional and educational background, as well as your community interests. Explain your interest in mentoring and describe your past experiences as a mentor or mentee. Discuss your expectations, goals, and hopes for the relationship. Get to know your mentee. Ask about their interests, their family, their past experiences, and their Youth to Youth Fund project. Find out about your mentee's expectations for the relationship and start thinking about ways you can work together. Establish an agreement on the frequency and method of your communication, and your joint goals. Listening Try not to think ahead of what you or the other person will say next
Don’t interrupt
Listen for the feeling underneath the words
Keep a clear and open mind, avoid or postpone making judgments
Clarify the message by paraphrasing back to the speaker what he/she has said Watch the speaker’s expressions (smiles, frowns, wrinkled forehead)
Watch the speaker’s body language (crossed arms, tapping fingers, shifting or fidgeting)
Make eye contact when appropriate
Show you are interested by YOUR body language People communicate with verbal and non-verbal language. Pay attention to the whole person by doing the following: Non-Verbal Communication Open-Ended Questions Open-ended questions are questions that cannot be answered by just "yes" or "no". Using these questions encourage your mentee to reflect more throroughly on his or her answers. Examples:

How do you feel about that situation
What are your reasons for ...?
Can you give me an example?
How does that affect you?
What do you want to do about that? Watch
Out! Communicating in Difficult Situations When discussing problems your mentee is having, or if you have a disagreement with your mentee, keep the following tips in mind.
Listen without judgement
Pay attention to your mentee's non-verbal communication
Be honest and address the problem directly
Don't try to interpret the situation for your mentee or interrupt Setting Boundaries As your relationship develops with your mentee, you need to set boundaries and respect them, particularly for the following topics: time Although the minimum time commitment is two hours per month, you can spend more time with your mentee if you feel it's appropriate and productive.

However it's important to draw a limit to how much time you spend together. If the relationship goes beyond the role of an objective supporter and guide, you need to set a boundary.

This is where your mentor/mentee agreement can come in. Respect the frequency of meetings you outlined. money Your mentee might be coming from a disadvantaged background, and this grant is a significant amount of money to manage.

However, you must not implicate yourself in the financial affairs of your mentee or their project.

Even if your mentee is having financial difficulty, your role is not that of a provider. It creates a sense of dependency and implies that they are helpless and unable to solve their own problems. Youth to Youth Fund Project Your guidance will be very valuable to the success of your mentee's project, but this is another area where you must respect the boundaries.

Your mentee is the Project Coordinator and must take full responsibility for their project. Your role as mentor is to support the Coordinator as a person, not the project itself. Despite your best intentions, you might encounter some challenges with your mentee. This section will help you prepare for common issues. You can always contact YEN to consult on specific problems or for general support. Communication Strategies The key to successful mentoring is building a good relationship, and the key to a good relationship is effective communication. We'll look at some basic techniques for open and clear communication. > active listening
> non-verbal communication
> open-ended questions What are your personal strategies for good communication? After the introductions and getting to know each other, what else can you do with your mentee? Activities Conversation Topics If you and your mentee are able to meet in person, here are some activities you can do together: Go to a public conference or lecture
Read the same book or article and discuss
Play a sport or go for a walk
Go to a concert
Visit businesses or organizations that are related to your mentee's project
Teach each other something new (language, skill, hobby, etc.)
Play a game that allows for converation (board games, for example.)
Research something you're both interested in In case you run out of things to talk about, here are some ideas: Career advice
Job-seeking advice - filling out applications, interviewing, etc.
Continuing education
Personal financial managment
Role models, people you look up to
Local or global current events
Volunteering and community involvement
Goal setting for the short and long term (this year, 5 years, 10 years)
Share life experiences
Ideas and innovations in your respective professions
Inspiring people and leaders in your field of interest
Problem solving strategies Y2YF Project Tips Help your mentee to really reflect on and learn from their Youth to Youth Fund project. Here are some questions you can ask: What challenges and successes have you had?
How are you meeting the challenges of the project?
What have you learned from the project?
Has anything unexpected or surprising happened?
What impacts have you seen on the beneficiaries?
What would you like to change about the project?
How do you think you're doing as a project coordinator?
What might you still need to improve the project?
How has this project changed you? Let your mentee help plan your sessions.
Ask open ended questions and let the conversation flow naturally.
Include a variety of activities and topics.
Offer your mentee choices of where to meet, what to talk about, etc.
Don't try to "fix" any problems your mentee might tell you about. Help them to find their own solutions.
The topic is not as important as the quality of the discussion.
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