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?
Research has demonstrated that effective training for mentors strengthens their mentoring relationships. Training for mentees prepares them for the mentoring relationship and encourages them to make the most out of the opportunity.
Training is one of the most important steps in mentoring program development. Early training of mentors strengthens mentor effectiveness and establishes a foundation for positive relationship development, which in turn enhances mentee and mentor satisfaction and directly impacts their retention. By supporting your mentors to feel prepared from the outset of the program, they can more easily navigate the role and any challenges that arise.
It is also important to incorporate a training component for mentees in your program. Mentee training can prepare girls for what they can expect from a mentor and the role that they, as a mentee, play in contributing to a quality experience. The following section highlights some key aspects of mentor and mentee training.