The Role of a Mentor

A Mentor is

A friend and listener:

Unconditionally accepting a child as he or she is.

Convey a sense of caring and hope.

Provide emotional support and express flexibility and openness.

Maintain open communication and encourage expression of thoughts, feelings and attitudes.

Empathize and understand another person’s struggles, rather than show pity or pass judgment.

A positive role model:

Positively model the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Involve a mentee in safe and healthy activities.

Support growth and skill development in interest areas.

Encourage positive peer relationships.

Encourage community involvement.

An adult resource and guide:

Help a mentee sort out feelings and channel them productively.

Help a mentee explore new experiences, choices, values and future goals.

Help identify resources when help is needed.

Show respect for individuals, their abilities and their right to make their own choices in life.

A responsible volunteer and program member:

Be consistent and dependable regarding contacts and activities.

Discuss problems or concerns that may arise in the relationship.

Participate in agency group activities or special events.

Be aware of mandatory reporting laws in the event of abuse by an adult.

Show persistence and willingness to “hang in there” through the ups and downs of a relationship.

 

A Mentor is Not

A mentor is not a….

Savior

Therapist

Parole Officer

Foster Parent

Cool Peer.