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.
Starting a new program in your community is a major undertaking, but luckily it can be supported by fostering strong partnerships with other agencies. By following the steps suggested in the Tool to Assess Strengths, Needs & Collaborations section you can begin to think about who you can approach and how you can work together. However, the partnership can extend beyond this initial exchange. Once you have engaged partners within the community, continue fostering these relationships and creating space for ongoing engagement. The more dedicated your partners are, the stronger and more sustainable their support will likely be.
Some community partners will not want to extend their involvement beyond offering space, providing referrals or other supports. However, space for partners that do wish to have a stronger connection with the program should be created.
Begin by asking the partners how they would like to be involved and gauge the level with which they are looking to be connected. Be sure from the outset to manage their expectations and be clear that some limitations will exist and certain boundaries will preserve the safe space created in the program. Then meet with your team and develop a few opportunities for them to select from.
Some engagement opportunities that programs have created for partners in the past include: