This Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit provides the tools, resources and support to create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls, ages 9-13, in your community. The Toolkit is intended to be used in a range of communities, and can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges that each community encompasses.
Why is this important?
It is critical to understand the strengths and assets that will support and sustain your program and to have a clear idea what needs to exist in order to be successful. We are stronger together, so considering your opportunities for collaboration will strengthen your program.
This section of the toolkit will assist you in considering the unique strengths, needs and potential collaborations within your organization/group, your community, and the larger scope of city/town/region.
It is important to be very clear about the nature and extent of the need for a girls group mentoring program in your community. The answers to the following questions will also help you begin to design your program. In larger communities, a complete strengths and needs assessment may be required. Consider bringing community partners together to explore some of these questions.
This section acts as a guide and can prompt your thinking around several critical issues. This process, however, is very community- and organization-specific. As such, it will be up to you and your team of partners to delve deep into your own organizational assessment. Beyond the strengths, needs and collaboration questions listed below, you should also assess potential risks and barriers. Note the future directions you may take based on local initiatives, policies or organizational changes you are facing in your unique context.
You may have already answered some of these questions while Planning Your Program, or you may use them to contribute to the development of your program. This section will be helpful in making sure you are thorough in your analysis.