Mentorship Program

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Mentoring is a dynamic, shared relationship offering benefits to both mentors and mentees. Effective mentors are able to support socialization and role transition, stimulate growth and development of others, demonstrate flexibility to new ideas and different perspectives, and provide support, structure, and encouragement. Effective mentees, similarly, are open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. In seeking support and guidance for personal and professional growth, they actively participate in their own learning and in mapping out a plan for success.

 

Purpose of the Mentorship Relationship

Mentoring is defined as a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person helps a less experienced person, referred to as a mentee, or (person) being mentored, develop in a specified capacity. Within this relationship, discussion and reflection (thinking about your actions and perceptions) will help to support and guide mentees towards identified goals. Mentors also benefit, often describing feelings of satisfaction and increased motivation as a result of the growth they see in their mentee.

Mentoring relationships focus on personal and professional growth, but are not meant to be a replacement for personal relationships and social support. They are a way to connect with a person, to identify learning needs, and to work collaboratively toward meeting personal and professional goals.

 

When potential mentors and mentees apply to Fathers Making a Difference Inc, they will fill out an application, answering a short series of questions which help us to choose matches effectively. They will then receive notification confirming if they are successful candidates. Once all background checks are finished and we have police clearance, we will then proceed with matching up selected candidates with appropriate mentees or mentors.

 

An important first step in setting up a mentorship relationship is determining a timeline.  Fathers Making a Difference Inc mentorship matches are based on 12-week cycles of availability. That means that mentors and mentees hope to be able to work together for a period of 12-weeks, communicating online or over the phone working through different phases.

 

Creating and Maintaining Positive Communication

For mentors and mentees, working together online or over the phone can be a rewarding and energizing experience. But communication can sometimes be challenging, so it’s helpful to implement some common strategies for success, including:

Phases of Mentorship Program

 

Get to know each other

Mentors and mentees share information about themselves, their lives, their ideas, and their experiences. The first few conversations on-line or over the phone, will likely focus on getting to know each other and beginning to talk in general terms about what kinds of things the mentee would like to focus on during the 12-week mentorship experience. Mentoring relationships are based on trust and caring. Information that is exchanged is considered confidential and communication must always be respectful.

 

Defining goals

Mentee goals should be realistic, measurable, and achievable within a reasonable period of time. The mentor and mentee work to determine more specifically what the priority will be for the 12-week relationship. The mentor and mentee decide together what goals are possible within the defined time period and what actions would be needed to meet those goals.  

 

Once a mentor and mentee have decided on a general focus, the mentee is responsible for creating a more focused plan of action. Working together to meet goals, where both mentor and mentee check in with each other regularly (usually weekly) to share experiences and talk about how things are going. It’s important to also set realistic expectations about the amount of time that your mentor or mentee will be available.

Usually, 1-2 hours per week at most are a reasonable expectation. That time may be used reviewing learning plans, corresponding with Fathers Making a Difference Inc. mentors, seeking resources, or finding out answers to questions. Mentors are guides. Their job is to help mentees to define goals, create realistic plans, and implement action. Their role is not to solve problems, but to provide insight and encouragement and to help mentees to find their own strategies for addressing issues.

 

Progress review

Prior to the end of a mentorship cycle, both mentor and mentee should begin to review the progress that has been made and prepare to wrap up the experience (which may continue for another 12 week cycle if applicable) evaluating progress and making plans for the mentee to carry on independently toward making personal and professional goals a reality.

 

Become A Mentor

 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or are a person requiring mentorship, please:

  1. Contact us by Email
  2. Call 416-907-8612
  3. Apply Online