Mentors Get Ready for the New School Year at Workshop Event
Last week, mentors in our New York City program gathered for a workshop event held at iMentor’s office in downtown New York. One of the many support opportunities available to our mentors, this event provided veteran volunteers returning to our program with an opportunity to reflect on their experiences from previous years and create action plans to enhance the quality of their relationships.
After a warm welcome from our CEO, Mike O’Brien, mentors broke into small groups focused on a specific aspect of the mentoring relationship, such as relationship building, getting ready for college, and supporting students through academic or personal struggles.
To guide their group work, mentors received a worksheet with questions aimed at helping them identify areas for improvement in their matches and set goals for the upcoming academic year. Mentors also received information about high school graduation requirements in New York City—a way to help them gauge whether their mentees are on track to graduate—as well as other helpful print and online resources.
At the end of the evening, iMentor program coordinators facilitated a group discussion to give mentors the chance to share helpful insights with one another. And for more focused one-on-one support, mentors were able to troubleshoot their specific concerns with a program coordinator.
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