What is Mentoring?

  • Structured, one-to-one relationship or partnership that focuses on the needs of the mentored participant(s)
  • Fosters caring and supportive relationships
  • Encourages individuals to develop to their fullest potential
  • Helps an individual to develop his or her own vision for the future
  • Is a strategy to develop active community partnerships

Types of Mentoring

  • Traditional mentoring (one to one)
  • Group mentoring (one to as many as four people)
  • Team mentoring (several leaders working with small groups of people)
  • Peer mentoring (caring peers mentoring other people their own age)
  • E-mentoring (mentoring via email and the Internet)

How can Mentoring Help?

  • It can improve a person’s attitudes toward their job, family, friends and life.
  • It can encourage people to stay motivated and focused on their education and career.
  • It can provide a positive, more effective way for professionals to spend their free time.
  • It helps people face daily challenges.
  • It offers people the opportunity to consider new career paths and acquire much-needed economic skills and knowledge.

What are the Benefits of Having a Mentor?

A mentor is a leader willing to devote time to another person’s needs in order to help them achieve success (very similar to a coach). Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same common goal: to help people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.

Our mentors understand they are not meant to replace a boss, friend or family member. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker. Instead, a mentor echoes and emphasizes the positive values and care values that that person is being taught (or should be) on a daily basis.

What is the Main Purpose of a Mentor?

To help a person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of every person varies, the mentor’s job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor’s and that individual’s needs and goals.

What is an Example of a Way a Mentor Could Help?

A few examples a mentor may help:

  • Helping plan a project plan and projection for prospects
  • Setting career goals and starting to take steps to realize them
  • Making healthy choices about day-to-day life, from food to exercise and beyond
  • Thinking through an issues and concluding that there are always multiple ways to solve a problem


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