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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

Be A Mentor, Inc.

Orientation to Mentoring

1260 B Street, Suite 375

Hayward, CA 94541

(510) 795-6488

Training guidelines
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
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
How Youth Enter Program

  • Receive Orientation

  • Complete Application

  • Parents/Guardian Complete:

    • Questionnaire

    • Authorization Form

  • Youth is Interviewed

What is the project manager s job
What is the Project Manager’s Job?

  • Recruit/interview Mentee

  • Interview Mentors

  • Complete Paperwork

  • Hold Match Meeting

  • Monitor the quality of match

Be a mentor inc

When you were a kid

why did you need

a mentor?

Why youth need mentors

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
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?

Youth say 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
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
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
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
Stages in Relationship

Setting Goals


Building Relationship


Guidelines for difficult situations
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
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 Hours and Activities


    • Login

    • Email address

    • Password

    • Activity Form

    • Select a mentee

    • Activity Date

    • Time

    • Comments

Mentor commitment
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