TIPS FOR RECRUITING AND RETAINING YOUR MENTORSRecruiting Your MentorsTarget and Inform Your Audience Identify internal and external target audiences; Craft a powerful message and talking points; Send a packet of information and FAQs for use during National Mentoring Month(January); and Enlist a celebrity spokesperson.Build Community Commitment Make presentations to local organizations; Check media editorial and community calendars for best times to publicize; Publicize stories and testimonials of local mentors; Ask local media for public service announcements and coverage during NationalMentoring Month; Set up media interviews for print media, TV, and radio; Ask local businesses, hospitals and state agencies to help you recruit employees; and Ask churches, schools, community-based organizations, nonprofits and local businessesto publish articles.Mobilize Community Action Create a call to action; Create a media blitz; Host special events to recruit volunteers and increase community awareness; Celebrate milestones during the year; Compile reports, testimonials, photos, achievements, media clippings and coverage; Publicize numbers of recruits and good-news stories as the year progresses; and Debrief on successes and need for improvements as you plan next year’s celebration.Retaining Your Mentors CARECommunication Mentors should receive appropriate information from the provider organization regardingany special needs the mentee might have. And mentors should feel free to mention anyproblems they are experiencing so that your organization and your volunteers can worktogether to solve them.Appreciation Mentors should be thanked often and effusively, by both their mentees and yourorganization.Respect Mentors should be greeted warmly and with respect each time they come to mentor.Enjoyment Mentors should have a good time mentoring and should look forward to being with theirmentees.Courtesy of Texas Governor’s Mentoring Initiative.
TIPS FOR A MENTOR/MENTEE RECRUITMENT PACKAGEA Recruitment Package for Mentors Should Include the Following: Program overview or fact sheet describing the overall framework and design of yourorganization; Description of the mentor’s roles and responsibilities; Application form, including a section for references; Mentor matching form; Mentor agreement; Confidentiality statement; Mentor activities policy sheet; Mentor–mentee selection eligibility criteria; Benefits of mentoring list; and Any other information you deem relevant for your program.A Recruitment Package for Mentees Should Include the Following: Program overview or fact sheet stating benefits for the youth; Description of the mentee’s roles and responsibilities; Application form, including a statement of why they want to be involved in the program; An interest inventory; Parent/caregiver permission form; Mentee agreement form; and Any other information you deem relevant for your program.Courtesy of The Mentoring Partnership of New York, Mentoring In the Faith Community: An Operations Manualfor Program Coordinators.
MENTOR RECRUITMENT PLAN(Note: The recruitment plan has been condensed from the original due to space considerations.)First QuarterTeam Match Goal: 135Team Recruitment Goal(s): 250 volunteers, especially important because school year is endingAction Steps: Team will complete 10–15 recruitment presentations per month; Recruitment via e-mail or newsletter to all major partners currently involved in theschool-based program; Newsletter articles in 15–20 neighborhood newspapers; Follow up with faith-based communities in East St. Paul; Identify recruitment sources in the Lino Lakes and Spring Lake Park communities; Investigate possibility of having a presence at St. Paul Winter Carnival; Follow up with colleges and universities as new semester begins; and Recruit at senior housing complexes in South Minneapolis for Wenonah School.EventMonth/DateBudgetTools (if needed)–January 23PersonResponsibleSB DirectorRecruiterSt. Paul MCBank PresentationJanuary 13January 28St. Paul MC–Law FirmJanuaryMpls. MC–Senior Place —downtownJanuaryMpls. MC–BrochuresProgram overviewsBrochuresSign-up sheetsVideoPowerPointpresentationSign-up sheetsBannerSchool-based infosheetsSign-up sheetsVideoVideoInfo sheetsSign-up sheetsCommunityCollegeDept. HumanServices–Second QuarterTeam Match Goal: 95Team Recruitment Goal(s): 200 volunteers. School-based matching will end in May. Focus onrecruiting and enrollment June–August.Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota.
Action Steps: Identify summer festivals near schools in May and register for events; Identify police precincts and fire departments near schools and establish contact anddrop-off information; Send thank-you letters, evaluation summaries and recruitment CDs to major partners inprogram; Complete 10–15 recruitment presentations in June; Establish recruitment committee specific to school-based mentoring consisting of staffand volunteers; Recruit and enroll high school mentors before the end of the school year at Spring LakePark, Breck, IDDS, and Johnson High School; and Increase involvement of businesses in Bloomington.EventMonth/DatePersonResponsibleCity and SBTeamsBudgetCinco de MayoMay 2–-3Phillips FamilyFestivalJuneSouth Mpls.MC’s–JuneteenthMid-JuneCity Team andSB TeamRegistration?LongfellowStreet FairJuneCity and SBTeamsRegistration?Registration?Tools (ifneeded)DisplaySign-up sheetsPencilsDisplaySign-up sheetsPencilsDisplay(culturallyspecific)Sign-up sheetsPencilsDisplaySign-up sheetsPencilsThird QuarterTeam Match Goal: 75Team Recruitment Goal (s): 250Action Steps/Notes: During July and August Mentoring Coordinator’s (MC) primary responsibility will berecruitment and enrollment; Each MC will build their In-Process and Ready volunteers to 50; MCs will investigate possibility of recruiting National Night Out Events in the vicinityof school sites; Ask each current School Based Big to refer at least one other individual; use incentives toentice participation; Complete presentations at identified volunteer-rich sources; MCs will complete 15–20 recruitment presentations during the quarter; lists will becompiled at the beginning of the quarter;Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota.
College student recruitment begins in September; when a college student signs up aninterview will be scheduled within three days;School Based Mentoring Recruitment Ads will be published in 15–20 neighborhoodnewspapers; a list will be compiled at the beginning of the quarter; andContinue to build relationship with corporations in south Minneapolis.EventMonth/DateLa OportunidadLatinoResource FairJuly/AugustBasilica dgetNorthMinneapolisMCRegistration–Tools ialsSign-up sheetsPencilsTableDisplaySign-up sheetsFourth QuarterTeam Match Goal: 285Team Recruitment Goal(s): 125Action Steps: Continue newsletter articles; Send e-mails to corporations, businesses and other organizations that have a high numberof volunteers currently involved in SBM; Invite potential volunteers to kick-off parties; Attend PTA meetings; and Involve SB Volunteers in the United Way Speakers Bureau.EventMonth/DateHmong NewYearCelebrationNovemberCapitol CityNew YearDecemberPersonResponsibleSt. Paul MCBudgetCity and SBTeamsRegistration?Registration?Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota.Tools (ifneeded)Culturallyspecific displaySign-up sheetsPencilsDisplaySign-up sheetsPencils
PROVEN GUIDELINES TO INCREASE RESPONSETO PROMOTIONS AND RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGNS1. Ask your mentors to recruit their friends and colleagues to mentor. Mentorsare the best people to sell your program and volunteer opportunities. Research hasshown that personally asking people to mentor or volunteer is one of the mosteffective recruitment strategies.2. Use testimonials. Your audience will likely pay attention to a message fromcurrent mentors—people who have enjoyed mentoring and would be willing torecommend it to others—or from mentees themselves. Ask a mentor or mentee(or both) to write a sentence or two describing what they’ve gained from or enjoyabout their mentoring relationship and ask for permission to use the statement inyour promotions. Place such testimonials in quotes prominently at the beginningor top of a letter or flyer, centered in bigger, bolder type.3. Be concise! Keep it to one or two pages, whether it’s a letter or a flyer.4. Be clear! Avoid complex words or sentences. Vague “50-cent” words and longsentences disrupt the reader’s attention. Use short sentences with everyday wordsthat get to the point.5. Use informal, plain English. Use language that your audience will recognize andfeel comfortable with. Stick to concrete, straightforward words and terms.6. Make it stand out. If you can, use a splash of color. Use bright, colored paper forflyers and use a color other than black for important phrases or words in a letter.However, avoid creativityavoid creativity that will distract the audience from themessage.7. Be concrete. Use statistics or accomplishments of your program to bring yourmessage to life.8. Use sales principles. First, briefly identify the problem or need, then focusspecifically on what you want the reader to do. Identify the value/benefits to thereader of participating in your program.9. Don’t forget the call to action! Always clearly spell out the action you wantreaders to take (call, write, join, etc.). Include the call to action at the beginning ofthe document and repeat it at the end. Using words such as “now” or “today,” asin “call now,” gives the need a sense of urgency.Courtesy of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership.
CEO LETTERMake a difference in the life of a child — and have fun, too!I’m pleased to announce that (name of company) is launching a youth mentoring program. In my life,I’ve experienced first-hand the impact that encouraging, listening and role modeling can have on achild’s life. Mentoring programs give us each a chance to contribute to the youth in our communities.Many of you may already participate in mentoring activities, whereas others (like me) are ready to takethis next step through the (name of company) Mentoring Program. I hope you will join me.What does a mentor do?A mentor provides support to a young person who can benefit from the guidance, friendship and lifeexperience of the mentor. Mentoring allows the individuals involved to share experiences and learn fromthem while building a supportive relationship over time. In the (name of company) Mentoring Program,our focus will be on youth in our communities whose lives can be enriched through the guidance of anolder, more experienced person.How does mentoring help?In addition to making children more confident in their schoolwork and more trusting of their parents orguardians, mentoring makes students 52% less likely to skip school;46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs;37% less likely to skip a class;27% less likely to begin using alcohol; and33% less likely to hit someone.Who can participate?This opportunity is available to all employees of (company-specific information: e.g., first and secondshifts, in all towns in the state).How do I participate?The first step is to fill out a brief mentor application. Applications are available from (name of programcoordinator) or can be downloaded from the Community Relations area of our intranet. The applicationprocess includes a background check, followed by a training session. Following training, eachparticipant is matched with a student. The (name of company) will provide ongoing programs to supportyou in this important role and — most important — the hour per week to participate. We are workingwith The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, who will be supporting us every step of the way.I’m looking forward to beginning my role as a (name of company) mentor. This can be a very rewardingrelationship for both the mentor and mentee, but it requires commitment and consistency to besuccessful. I hope you will join me in accepting the challenge to make a difference.Courtesy of the People’s Bank CEO, John Klein, and The Connecticut Mentoring Partnership, Business Guide to YouthMentoring.
GOALS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MENTOR RECRUITMENT SESSION(For workplace-based mentoring)Goals: To provide prospective mentors with the information they need to decide if they have thepersonality, commitment and time to mentor a young person; To provide a clear definition of mentoring and mentoring expectations; To give information about where and when employees can mentor; To explain the application process and criminal background check policies; To explain the company’s mentoring policies, including release-time policies and riskmanagement policies; and To explain the support that will be provided to employees by the school or mentoringprogram.Keys to a Successful Recruitment Event: If possible, make sure the school or mentoring program is ready to place mentors withinsix to eight weeks of the recruitment session; Make sure someone from management (the higher, the better) opens the recruitmentsession and explains the support employees will receive; Invite the mentor coordinators from the school or mentoring program to attend the eventand meet the employees; Give employees plenty of notice so they can put it on their calendars; Keep it to one hour; Have food (coffee, soda and light snacks are fine); Invite an experienced mentor to be on the agenda. They are often the best salespeople forthe program; and Keep extra handouts for those who could not attend but still may be interested.Courtesy of The Connecticut Mentoring Partnership.
MENTOR VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION: BRONXCONNECT(One-Year Commitment)Program Description:BronxConnect is a faith-based, alternative-to-incarceration youth program focused aroundmentoring services. The mission of BronxConnect is to connect Bronx court-involved youth,ages 12–18, with positive resources found in the local Bronx community, through mentoringrelationships that prevent recidivism and address youth-initiated goals in the areas of educationand employment. BronxConnect trains a team of mentors from a neighborhood church to workwith young people returning to the community after involvement with the juvenile justicesystem.Position Description:BronxConnect mentors serve as part of a team from their church that works together to takeresponsibility for just one youth in the neighborhood. Mentors commit to spend at least 12months of consistent weekly time with youth that have come through the juvenile justice system.Mentors spend this weekly time simply being adult friends to the youth (mentee). Not a parent,not a therapist, not a preacher, not Santa Claus. Rather, a team of adult friends that invest theirtime listening, building trust, establishing a relationship, supporting, guiding and through thecourse of the year, sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the mentee.Responsibilities/Commitment:BronxConnect mentors participate in the following areas: 2–4 hours/week of quality time spent with the mentee; All mentor trainings (including one full-day pre-service training and four quarterlyevening in-service trainings); Quarterly group mentor–mentee activities; Annual Mentoring Celebration Banquet; Mid-year mentor–mentee retreat; and Optional monthly mentor prayer and support meeting.Supervision/Support Schedule: Weekly phone meetings with Match Supervisor (first month of match); Monthly phone meetings with Match Supervisor (remaining months of match); Monthly reporting to Mentoring Team Leader (fellow church member); Monthly or bimonthly team meetings regarding progress of youth; Quarterly in-person supervision meeting with Match Supervisor; and Semi-annual goal-setting meeting with youth and Match Supervisor.Courtesy of The Mentoring Partnership of New York, Mentoring In the Faith Community: An Operations Manualfor Program Coordinators.
MENTOR POSITION JOB DESCRIPTIONVolunteer Category:MentorCommitment Time:Minimum of six-month commitment with one to four hoursof contact per week.Areas of Involvement:Commitment to developing supportive relationship withone program participant (young adult) involved inemployment preparedness and job placement.Qualifications: Sincere desire to be personally involved with another person to help him or herachieve personal and career goals; Ability to communicate with teenagers openly and nonjudgmentally; Strong listening skills; Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect; Interest in needs and concerns of persons with internal and external barriers tosteady employment; Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives;and Sensitivity to persons of different educational, economic, cultural or racialbackgrounds.Responsibilities: Make a minimum six-month commitment to developing and maintaining a mentorrelationship with a teenager; Attend mentor orientation and training sessions before meeting mentee; Attend ongoing mentor training and support sessions; Meet with mentee on a regular basis to establish working relationship and tosupport mentee in employment goals; Assist mentee in solving work-related and other problems that interfere withmentee’s success at work or at school; and Keep time logs and other information as requested by mentor coordinator.Courtesy of Mentoring Partnership of Long Island, The ABC’s of Mentoring.
FOR PARENTS WITH CHILDREN IN MENTORING PROGRAMS:GUIDELINES AND GROUND RULESFollowing are some basic guidelines and ground rules for helping to make the mentoringrelationship a success. They are followed by common questions parents may have about boththeir role and that of the mentor. Neither are intended to replace or supersede the rules developedby your mentoring program. If you have questions at any time, please contact your programcoordinator.Guidelines and Ground Rules Please do not ask your child’s mentor to provide transportation, buy presents, be thedisciplinarian, or babysit for your family. The mentor’s role is to be a companion to thementee. Please don’t discuss your child with the mentor in the presence of your child. If you thinkthere is something the mentor should know, call him/her when your child is away. Try to let the mentor know, once in a while, that his/her efforts are appreciated, and pleasehelp your child be considerate of the mentor (e.g., remembering his/her birthday, makingoccasional phone calls). Remember, the relationship that exists is between your child and the mentor. Please don’t askthat you or siblings be included on outings, and try to avoid excessive quizzing about theirvisits, so that your child can enjoy having his/her special friend. However, if you feeluncomfortable with any aspect of the match, or if something about the relationship concernsyou (i.e., your child is acting secretive or unusual in regard to the match), contact yourcaseworker immediately. The agency strictly discourages overnight stays for the first three months of the match.Exceptions to this include agency-sponsored activities, such as campouts and raft trips. Theseactivities are supervised by staff members of the agency. Forgive minor mistakes in judgment. The mentor is neither a trained professional nor perfect.You will probably disagree with him/her sometimes. Please don’t deprive your child of the weekly visit with his/her mentor as a means ofdiscipline. The mentor will tell you when he/she plans to pick up and return your child. Please make apoint of being home at these times and call the mentor if your plans change. Mentors are encouraged to plan activities that are free or low cost, but we ask that youcontribute what you can to the cost of your child’s visit with his/her mentor.Courtesy of “For Parents with Children in Mentoring Programs, Guidelines, Ground Rules, and Answers toQuestions,” The Resource Center, August 1996.
Scheduling the times for the weekly visit can sometimes be difficult, so please be flexible. The mentoring relationship needs time to develop — at least three months — so don’t judgeit too quickly; give it time. Notify the agency when you have a change of phone number or address. Please keep in mind that all information is confidential and should be shared only with yourcaseworker. The success or failure of a match depends on the cooperation of all the individualsconcerned. It is important to discuss your child’s match with your caseworker periodically toprevent problems and to keep the caseworker updated. We want your child to have fun and togrow positively from the match.Questions and AnswersWhat should I do if my child cannot attend a meeting with the mentor?To encourage responsibility in your child, have him/her call the mentor when a meeting must berescheduled. If your child is very ill, you may want to call yourself. Be sure you have the phonenumbers to reach the mentor at home and at work.What if family plans conflict with a meeting?Time with the mentor is not intended to displace time with the family. You should continue yournormal family plans, including get-togethers, special trips and vacations. As much as possible,the mentor and your child should plan their time together around your normal schedule. It maybe helpful to let the mentor and your child know about planned family events. The mentor andyour child should let you know when they are planning special activities. Good advancecommunication will help avoid conflicts.Can I or other family members go with my child and the mentor?A mentoring relationship is special, in part, because it is a one-to-one relationship. Even teenswho feel very close to their parents sometimes need to talk with friends outside the family. Thementor is an adult friend with whom your child can talk about things that concern him/her.The mentor and your child will inform you about their plans each week. If at any time you areuncomfortable with their plans, please let them know. Mentors will be sensitive to parentconcerns and will try to find an arrangement that is acceptable to you.How can I be sure that the mentor will support my rules and regulations?Talk with the mentor about rules or regulations that you expect to arise in his/her relationshipwith your child. If you have strict rules about bedtimes, places the youth may not go or foodshe/she may not eat, please discuss these with the mentor. By making this information known atthe beginning, you can help avoid misunderstandings later.Courtesy of “For Parents with Children in Mentoring Programs, Guidelines, Ground Rules, and Answers toQuestions,” The Resource Center, August 1996.
What if the mentor says things with which I do not agree?No matter how carefully we match mentors and mentees, you may find some areas where yourbeliefs or ideas differ from your mentor’s. If these are important to you, let the mentor know.You can request that the mentor not question your most important beliefs or values when withyour child.Who will pay for the activities for the mentor and youth?Mentors always pay their own expenses but are not responsible for the child or the family. If theplanned activities involve fees, you or your child will be asked to pay for the youth’s share. Youneed not pay for activities you feel are too expensive. The most important part of the mentoringprogram is the relationship between the mentor and the youth, not a lot of costly activities.However, because activities help build competence, we hope all mentor/youth pairs can dospecial things occasionally.The youth should not expect the mentor to buy things for him/her. As with any friend, giftsshould be appreciated when and if they are given, not expected on a regular basis.If my child has misbehaved, should I allow him/her to see the mentor?The mentor’s weekly visit should not be used to discipline your child. Time with the mentor is apleasure but it is also a time of learning and growth. Punishing your child by denying time withthe mentor puts you in opposition to the mentor instead of emphasizing your mutual concern tobuild your child’s competence. Even if your child is grounded, the mentor should be allowed tosee him/her.How often should I be in contact with the mentor, and how much should I say about familyproblems/concerns?Get to know the mentor well enough to feel comfortable with him/her being with your child.Before each meeting, discuss plans and time for returning home. Try talking directly with thementor and your child in front of your child. If there is something the mentor should know, callwhen your child is not around.What if there are concerns or questions I don’t want to discuss with the mentor?Please feel free to call the program coordinator. He/she is here to help make the program workfor mentees, mentors and parents. He/she will call you several times during the year to see howthings are going. But don’t wait for him/her to call; we want to know about anything thatconcerns you.Courtesy of “For Parents with Children in Mentoring Programs, Guidelines, Ground Rules, and Answers toQuestions,” The Resource Center, August 1996.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD MENTOR?Many people feel that being a mentor requires special skills, but mentors are simply people whohave the qualities of good role models.Mentors listen.They maintain eye contact and give mentees their fullattention.Mentors guide.Mentors are there to help their mentees find lifedirection, never to push them.Mentors are practical.They give insights about keeping on task and settinggoals and priorities.Mentors educate.Mentors educate about life and their own careers.Mentors provide insight.Mentors use their personal experience to help theirmentees avoid mistakes and learn from good decisions.Mentors are accessible.Mentors are available as a resource and a soundingboard.Mentors criticize constructively.When necessary, mentors point out areas that needimprovement, always focusing on the mentee’s behavior,never his/her character.Mentors are supportive.No matter how painful the mentee’s experience, mentorscontinue to encourage them to learn and improve.Mentors are specific.Mentors give specific advice on what was done well orcould be corrected, what was achieved and the benefitsof various actions.Mentors care.Mentors care about their mentees’ progress in school andcareer planning, as well as their personal development.Mentors succeed.Mentors not only are successful themselves, but they alsofoster success in others.Mentors are admirable.Mentors are usually well respected in their organizationsand in the community.Courtesy of The Connecticut Mentoring Partnership and the Business and Legal Reports, Inc. — Best Practices inHR, Issue 653, September 30, 1999.
QUALITIES OF SUCCESSFUL MENTORS Personal commitment to be involved with another person for an extendedtime — generally, one year at minimum. Mentors have a genuine desire to bepart of other people’s lives, to help them with tough decisions and to see thembecome the best they can be. They have to be invested in the mentoringrelationship over the long haul to be there long enough to make a difference. Respect for individuals and for their abilities and their right to make theirown choices in life. Mentors should not approach the mentee with the attitudethat their own ways are better or that participants need to be rescued. Mentorswho convey a sense of respect and equal dignity in the relationship win the trustof their mentees and the privilege of being advisors to them. Ability to listen and to accept different points of view. Most people can findsomeone who will give advice or express opinions. It’s much harder to findsomeone who will suspend his or her own judgment and really listen. Mentorsoften help simply by listening, asking thoughtful questions and giving mentees anopportunity to explore their own thoughts with a minimum of interference. Whenpeople feel accepted, they are more likely to ask for and respond to good ideas. Ability to empathize with another person’s struggles. Effective mentors canfeel with people without feeling pity for them. Even without having had the samelife experiences, they can empathize with their mentee’s feelings and personalproblems. Ability to see solutions and opportunities as well as barriers. Effectivementors balance a realistic respect for the real and serious problems faced by theirmentees with optimism about finding equally realistic solutions. They are able tomake sense of a seeming jumble of issues and point out sensible alternatives. Flexibility and openness. Effective mentors recognize that relationships taketime to develop and that communication is a two-way street. They are willing totake time to get to know their mentees, to learn new things that are important totheir mentees (music, styles, philosophies, etc.), and even to be changed by theirrelationship.Courtesy of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership.
RELEASE TIME STATEMENTThe (name of company) is committed to fostering the positive development of young people andgiving back to the communities where our employees work. To that end (name of company) hasestablished this policy to provide release time for our employees to participate in a youthmentoring program.1. Each employee may be granted up to one hour of administrative leave per week, not toexceed five hours per calendar month, to participate in the (name of company) mentoringinitiative, including participating in an established mentoring program serving a schooldistrict.2. The supervisor may approve the aggregated use of up to four hours in any calendarmonth.3. In granting administrative leave for any purpose under this section, the supervisor shalltake into consideration the employee’s performance and impact of such leave on theemployee’s w
flyers and use a color other than black for important phrases or words in a letter. However, avoid creativityavoid creativity that will distract the audience from the message. 7. Be concrete. Use statistics or accomplishments of your program to bring your message to life. 8. Use sales principles. First, briefly identify the problem or need .