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Mentoring Tips

Seasoned mentors and educators share their tips.
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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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