Mentoring For Adults:
Mentoring Program Training

In addition to training for mentors and mentees (outlined below), training is available for managers in Creating a Mentoring Culture, and for Mentoring Program Committees to help them create and maintain a program.

Mentoring 101 – Training for Mentors

Objectives:

Expand participants' concept of what mentors are and can do

Encourage them to reach out to mentees and others, and”

Expose them to the skills they will need, and practice.



Content:
The content of the workshop is tailored in accordance with telephone interviews with the mentoring coordinator, the particular program purposes and guidelines, information about the organization and its reasons for initiating the program, and all application forms from participants. Overall, however, the content includes:

Topics for Mentor Training:

what a mentor is and what s/he can and cannot do; the many ways people can help others in either long or short term relationships

assessment of the mentees' needs, which may vary tremendously from one person to another

the context of the program, including why it was created and what the parameters are

what role the mentors play, especially in establishing the relationship, including "do's and don't’s"
basic coaching and counseling skills which will be most useful, and
strategies to deal with any problems participants anticipate.




Get Your Career on Track –Training for Mentees

Objectives:

Clarify the help they are seeking, and the goal they want to reach (which may mean establishing an overall career goal)

Prepare them to search for resources to assist them, of which the mentor is only one, and

Brief them on the program and give them an accurate definition of mentoring.



Content:
The content of the workshop is tailored through telephone interviews with the mentoring coordinator, the particular program purposes and guidelines, information about the organization and its reasons for initiating the program, and all application forms from participants.

Overall, however, the content includes:

Topics for Mentee Training:

participants’ career paths to date and what has influenced them so far, both positively and negatively

what they have accomplished, and what they can learn from that about themselves and their goals

what mentors can and cannot do

the mentees' rights and responsibilities within the program
the context of the program, including why it was created and what the parameters are
ways to prepare for the initial interview with the mentor, including questions for them to ask the mentor and points they may want to clarify
definition of their individual goals within the program, with specific objectives which are consistent with the overall program purposes, and
assessment of where they want to be at the end of their participation.



While not everyone will identify a defined career goal through this process, their sense of direction and ability to use the program to best advantage will have grown considerably.

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