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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mentoring Tips

Seasoned mentors and educators share their tips.

Mentoring Tips

Mentors function as kids’ bridge to reality. But often hindered by lack of training and time, how do mentors make a lasting impression? Seasoned mentors and educators share their tips:

  • Be enthusiastic and passionate. Motivated mentors make for motivated kids.
  • Be organized, detailed, and flexible. Keep students engaged by adapting to their individual needs.
  • Give students your full time and attention. Get to know them to make a real connection.
  • Develop a manageable but usable project. Make it easy to create but not easy to waste.
  • Encourage students to share with others. This builds a sense of community.
  • Finally, just be yourself.

Mentoring Links

  • Donors Choose: Database of educational projects that connects educators to prospective donors.
  • icouldbe.org: Program model that matches young students with mentors.
  • Volunteer Match: Database matching volunteers with volunteer opportunities.
  • Meetup Mentor Group: Searchable list of mentor groups by geographic location.
  • MENTOR: Comprehensive resources for becoming a mentor and starting a mentorship program.
  • NWREL's National Mentoring Center: Center for training and technical assistance for youth mentoring programs and initiatives.

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