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.
Managing the group dynamic is critical to ensuring program success. It is important to support the groups’ navigation of the early stages of relationship development so a healthy group dynamic is formed. At times, you may need to guide participants and mentors to uphold their commitments, so you must know how to respond when things are not going according to plan.
Managing the group dynamic takes ongoing work and supervision. Even when program staff have put all of the measures into place to recruit the right mentors and mentees and to screen, train and match them appropriately, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. This section will explore some of the most common issues that arise in girls group mentoring programs and share strategies for managing the group dynamics.