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Be A Mentor, Inc. Orientation to Mentoring 1260 B Street, Suite 375 Hayward, CA 94541 (510) 795-6488. introductions. Training Guidelines. Maintain Confidentiality Be here now-No cell phones Speak from the heart Listen from the heart Respect differences Refer back to training guide

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Be A Mentor, Inc.

Orientation to Mentoring

1260 B Street, Suite 375

Hayward, CA 94541

(510) 795-6488


Training Guidelines

  • Maintain Confidentiality

  • Be here now-No cell phones

  • Speak from the heart

  • Listen from the heart

  • Respect differences

  • Refer back to training guide

  • HAVE FUN!!!

Training Objectives

  • To better understand the issues and environmental factors facing our youth today.

  • To understand the role and COMMITMENT of the mentor.

  • To understand and demonstrate practices of effective mentors:

How Youth Enter Program

  • Receive Orientation

  • Complete Application

  • Parents/Guardian Complete:

    • Questionnaire

    • Authorization Form

  • Youth is Interviewed

What is the Project Manager’s Job?

  • Recruit/interview Mentee

  • Interview Mentors

  • Complete Paperwork

  • Hold Match Meeting

  • Monitor the quality of match

When you were a kid

why did you need

a mentor?

Peer Pressure

Substance Abuse


Social Skills

Child Abuse

Family Violence

Anger Management


Depression/ Suicide

Nutrition & Health

Pressure At Home

Goal Setting

Part-time Work

Failing Grades

Why Youth Need Mentors

Someone to Listen

From The Kid’s Eyes!

Forget about what YOU think a young person needs.

  • Why would a young person want to be friends with you?

  • What does a mentee think a mentor is?

Easy to talk to

Someone to look up to

a friend

One who shows us new things

Not a parent

One who does not judge us




One who doesn’t get mad

A role model

One who encourages us

One who listens to us




One who gives guidance

One who respects us

Youth Say a Mentor Is…

Role of the Mentor

  • Academic Help

  • Goal Setting

  • Career Exploration Assistance

  • Emotional Support

  • Exposure to new things


Role model


Attention and Concern

Practices of an Effective Mentor

Respects Youth Viewpoints

Allows Youth to Make Mistakes

Involves Youth in Decisions

Builds a friendship

An Effective


Is Committed

Confirms Appointments

Separate Goals

Keeps Relationships Alive

Focus on the positive

Has Fun

Pitfalls of Mentoring

  • Imposes Values

  • Sporadic Meetings

  • Authority Figure/Transform Youth

  • Demand Equal Participation

  • Not Seeking Support of Project Manager

Watches too much Day time TV!

Stages in Relationship

Setting Goals


Building Relationship


Guidelines for Difficult Situations

  • Discuss the problem.

  • Think beforehand about what you want to accomplish.

  • Bring things up early in visit.

  • Separate the behavior from the person.

  • Stay serious but supportive.

  • Discuss sensitive issues in a private place.

  • Consider relating something personal.

  • Reinforce something positive about your mentee.


  • Our youth are extremely ethnically diverse.

  • Cultures include customs and values.

  • Culture is a set of mental rules for survival and success that a particular group of people has developed.


  • Cultures are multifaceted:

    • Family structure, Spirituality, Language, Art, Parenting practices, Concept of growth, aging, & death

  • Goal of mentoring is to create inclusion.

    • You feel valued and respected by me.

    • I feel valued and respected by you.

  • Gang activity, not about skin color, but about which neighborhood your from.

Conversation Starters/Practices

  • Come to your mentoring time, prepared!

  • Any type of game, book or activity you use, should start a conversation not kill it.

  • Ask “High Quality Questions”

  • Be Careful not to use yes and no Questions.

Login Hours and Activities


    • Login

    • Email address

    • Password

    • Activity Form

    • Select a mentee

    • Activity Date

    • Time

    • Comments

Mentor Commitment

  • 4-6 hours each month

  • Weekly telephone contact

  • Document activities/hours

  • Keeps contact with parents

  • Attend quarterly wisdom circles

  • Attend mentor event’s

Never gives up!


  • When can I break it?

  • How do I break it?

CPS Hotline: (510) 259-1800

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