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Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program. Light the Spark February 18, 2014 In-service Training. Getting Started Welcome & Introductions. Counselors (Introduce all who are there & mention others at all schools.) Board Members Staff Special Guests Lead Mentors at table – longevity!.

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Brookings county youth mentoring program

Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program

Light the Spark

February 18, 2014

In-service Training

Getting started welcome introductions
Getting StartedWelcome & Introductions

  • Counselors (Introduce all who are there & mention others at all schools.)

  • Board Members

  • Staff

  • Special Guests

  • Lead Mentors at table – longevity!

Why Mentoring?During meal – introductions at table andtalk together about why you want to be involved in the mentoring program. Mentor Leaders at each table will begin discussion & introductions.(p. 190 – Benson –Questions for Mentors)


  • To promote one-on-one mentoring efforts to youth in the community.

  • To ensure all youth have the guidance and support of a caring, stable adult.

  • To empower youth to reach their full potential as contributing individuals in their communities.


  • Goal:

    • Asset Building (Parent, Teacher, Mentor,Friend)

    • Character Traits (How Children Succeed)

  • Components

    • Benson Book

    • Expectations

    • Issues encounter

    • Relational & Practical Skills

    • Idea generation

    • Interaction with others-Questions from Mentors

Activities intro guests
Activities- Intro Guests

  • City Council – John Kubal

  • Community Parks & Rec-Pete Colson

  • Library-Katherine Eberline

  • Wellness Center-Claire & Mitch

  • Group Activities-Lead at tables

  • Website – Mentor Corner and Resources



  • A Mentor is Not …

    • An ATM

    • Social worker

    • Parent

    • Cool peer

    • Nag

    • Parole Officer

    • Savior

    • Baby-sitter

  • A Mentor Is A ….

    • Friend

    • Coach

    • Motivator

    • Companion

    • Supporter

    • Advisor

    • Advocate

    • Role Model


By volunteering to serve as a Mentor, I am committing to:

  • Respect, uphold, and model the programs’ goals and objectives

  • Volunteer as a mentor for at least a nine month period or more

  • Devote at least one hour per week, or five hours per month, with my mentee

  • Attend mentor training sessions and occasional planned events (ex. Social event, fundraiser, etc.); review content from missed training sessions.

  • Update program administrator MONTHLY regarding the status of the mentoring relationship. Day of month I will email Program Administrator: ________

  • Keep program administrator informed of address and telephone changes at all times as well as mentoring resignations

  • Inform administrator immediately upon incurring criminal charges of any nature

  • Publish no recognizable photos of my mentee to the internet in any form: Facebook, Google, Shutterfly, etc. There are situations in which this will endanger your mentee.

    I also understand that my services as a mentor can be terminated for non-compliance with the above statements.

Background Checks

Reference Calls- Please be sure you have talked to your references. We do call them!

Insurance -VSB

Matching mentors and mentees
Matching Mentors and Mentees

Mentee Sources

  • Names received from:

    • Teachers, Principals, Counselors

    • Social Service Agencies

    • Court Services

    • Boys & Girls Clubs

    • Self Referral

    • Medical community

    • After School Programs

Mentor Preparation

  • Training requirement

  • Application Forms

  • Interviews

  • Reference Checks

  • NationalBackground Checks

School Counselors – Integral part of our programExplain how we contact parents – commitment from parents as well studentsCarleen Holm – Middle School Kathy Miller – Camelot

First time meeting
First Time Meeting

  • First meeting

    • Mentee, mentor, BCYMP or counselor, parents (preferred)

    • Counselors explain

  • Meet at a neutral/public place

    • School

    • Boys & Girls Club

    • Taco Johns

  • Expectations-First time can be awkward. Be prepared for it. (p. 70 of Benson book- ideas)

  • Exchange of Information

    • Clarify requirements

    • Contact Information


  • Group Activity or Mentor/Mentee Activity suggestions:

    • Public places preferred

  • Bowling

  • Movie Night

  • Grilling at the Park

  • SDSU Sports Events (or local team)

  • All BHS Activities are FREE!!

  • Supper at local restaurants or do some cooking!

  • Endless- check on website.

  • Discussion at Table – Mentors discuss and add ideas- also use Benson book!- P. 76-82

Gift packs
Gift Packs

  • Filled with coupons to local businesses

  • An effective way to reward your mentors

  • Helps with suggestions of things to do

  • Helps mentors financially-we want to help you do fun things with mentee. (Wellness passes, Children’s Museum, etc. )

  • Mentees ask for money or want to do things that cost money – what can you do?? (PP. 76-82) Build a spark – p. 105


  • Communication is key

  • Effective Mentor - Program communication

    • Phone

    • Email

    • Updates

    • Mail

Communicating cont d
Communicating (cont’d)

  • Communication with Parents

    • Challenging aspect to address

    • Goal is to have consistent feedback to & from the family

    • The mechanism is unique to the program

  • Communication between Mentor & Mentee

    • First Person whenever possible

    • Frequency and consistency is necessary

    • Not through liaison person/director but do let us know if you are having difficulty reaching your mentee.

Terminating saying good bye
Terminating – Saying Good-bye

  • Very Important to tell BCYMP office that you are planning to retire

  • Most important to personally talk to student and make sure they understand reasons why you are leaving.

  • Kathy & Carleen –give suggestions on how to..

Legal issues
Legal Issues

  • Officer Joe Fishbaugher, Board Member – School Resource Officer

  • Christina Fousek – Board Member - Division of Juvenile Corrections

    Issues to be aware of (for both you and your mentee), confidentiality & what it means to be Mandatory Reporter.

Parent teacher mentor friend
Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend

  • Peter Benson, PHD. Search Institute, c.2010

  • Search Institute – conducted research studies on children and adolescents

  • Found Life goals for youth similar around the world:

    • Being hopeful about future

    • Having sense that life has meaning and purpose

    • Making the world a better place

    • Protecting earth’s air, land & water

    • Knowing what is unique & valuable about ourselves

Developmental assets
Developmental Assets

  • Youth often lack supports and opportunities to achieve those ideals

  • Research shows that you and I can help with those nutrients that young people need.

  • Search Institute has identified a framework of those nutrients – 40 Developmental Assets. (Appendix A – p. 171 – in Benson book.)

  • Nine of the assets have a common thread – they all require adults to create positive, lasting relationships with young people. That caring adult can be you!

Feeling valued
Feeling Valued

  • Feeling valued is a crucial part of human development.

  • Kids need to believe that they matter to adults.

  • P. 128-129 Kid-centered Consensus

  • Discuss at your table how you can do that – how can you help.

  • What kinds of things can you do with your mentee that will create the feeling that they are valued?

How children succeed character traits
How Children SucceedCharacter Traits

  • Group of researchers identified set of strengths or character traits that likely to predict life satisfaction:

    • Grit

    • Self-control

    • Zest

    • Social intelligence

    • Gratitude

    • Optimism

    • Curiosity

    • Discuss at your table what those characteristics mean and how you can help child develop them.

Biggest obstacle to learning success poverty how children succeed p 195
Biggest Obstacle to learning & success Poverty (How Children Succeed-p. 195)

  • Issues you will encounter in mentoring because of the low income

  • Communication

  • Food

  • Hygiene

  • Focus- Organization

  • Discussion about issues.

Introduction mary moeller
Introduction – Mary Moeller

  • An opportunity for you to learn more!

InterLakes Community Action Poverty Simulation

April 8 from 1 – 3:15 P.M.

First Lutheran Church gymnasium (Touch-Down Jesus)

Please RSVP to Mary Moeller

[email protected]

Questions hand out lead mentors have them questions that are often asked are there others
QuestionsHand-out –Lead Mentors have them.Questions that are often asked & are there others?




  • Benson, Peter. Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend- How Every Adult Can Change Kids’ Lives. Search Institute, 2010.

  • Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed. Mariner Books, 2013.

  • Thank you all for coming!! You do make a difference !