Mentoring is a consistent, structured, stable relationship between youth and a caring role model(s) that involves regular, ongoing, and ideally face-to-face meetings and is focused on developing the character, capabilities and confidence of the young person(s).
There are different ways to mentor.
Mentoring takes many different forms and shapes. There are several different ways a volunteer can mentor.
- One-to-One: traditional, one adult and one youth
- Team Mentoring: a group of adults work together to mentor youth
- Group Mentoring: one adult works with groups of youth
- Peer Mentoring: caring youth mentor other youth
- E-Mentoring: mentoring through email via the Internet
There are different places to mentor.
Mentoring can take place in a variety of different settings. Below is an overview of each of the main types.
- Community-Based: Engage in more social activities; more effective at affecting social outcomes; sponsored by community organization.
- School-Based: Engage in more academic activities; more effective at affecting school outcomes; typically sponsored by schools.
- Faith-Based: Faith-based theme in activities; focus on affecting social and spiritual outcomes; typically sponsored by faith organization.
- Workplace-Based: Engage in more academic oriented activities; focus on affecting academic outcomes; sponsored by workplace and nonprofit partner.