In this session, volunteers learn what to expect in the mentor-mentee relationship and volunteering in school, community or site-based programs. Participants are introduced to the definition of mentoring and the boundaries of a mentoring relationship. Using the Positive Youth Development approach, trainers lead volunteers through discussion and activities to generate ideas for fostering positive developmental assets in their mentees. Participants learn the stages of a mentoring relationship, communication techniques, and problem solving strategies. Through role plays and scenarios, volunteers analyze effective mentoring strategies. Volunteers should gain a deeper understanding of their role as mentors, strategies for building positive mentoring relationships, and suggested activities they can do with their mentee. This session is appropriate for new and experienced mentors or volunteers. A follow-up session 3-6 months following this orientation is also suggested.
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Virginia Mentoring Partnership
Virginia Mentoring Partnerships' mission is to provide educational services to existing and developing mentoring programs to increase the number and quality of mentoring relationships for children and youth in the state of Virginia.