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1 Best Practices for Developing and Maintaining an Effective Mentoring Program Presenters: Michael Faloyin and Wayne Murray

2 Who is a Mentor? Mentor Dictionary.com defines a mentor as Dictionary.com defines a mentor as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. An influential senior sponsor or supporter. A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. A Mentor is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. John C. Crosby A Mentor is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. John C. Crosby

3 What is a NJ GEAR UP Mentor? Teacher Teacher Problem solver Problem solver Motivator Motivator Coach Coach Guide Guide A good mentor is: Interested in helping others succeed Interested in helping others succeed Caring Caring Willing to spend time Willing to spend time Patient Patient Trustworthy Trustworthy Practical Practical An active listener An active listener Inspirational Inspirational Sensitive to the feelings of others Sensitive to the feelings of others

4 What is a mentee/protégé? Learner Learner Decision maker Decision maker Initiator Initiator Risk taker Risk taker Goal setter Goal setter

5 Academic Vs Summer program Academic Year Program Academic Year Program In-Service/After School In-Service/After School Saturday Service Saturday Service Summer Program Summer Program NJIT Campus NJIT Campus Provide flexibility in services rendered especially at the schools and cater to the schools needs Provide flexibility in services rendered especially at the schools and cater to the schools needs

6 Mentor recruitment process Advertisement Advertisement Referral from staff and other GU programs Referral from staff and other GU programs NJ GEAR UP applicants through state website NJ GEAR UP applicants through state website Flyers on campus Flyers on campus Set up tables at NJIT & Rutgers during on campus events and School based activities Set up tables at NJIT & Rutgers during on campus events and School based activities Select staff with Select staff with Passion Passion Similar past experiences or willing to learn cultural difference Similar past experiences or willing to learn cultural difference Dedication Dedication Excellent communication skills Excellent communication skills Relevant education (not a must!) Relevant education (not a must!) Keen awareness of need Keen awareness of need

7 Mentor recruitment process contd.. Training Staff/ Orientation Training Staff/ Orientation NJ GEAR UP statewide mentor training NJ GEAR UP statewide mentor training On campus training On campus training Round table discussion Round table discussion Continually provide professional development sessions Continually provide professional development sessions Make use of counselors Make use of counselors Program staff Program staff Guest speakers Guest speakers Example, address mentor limitations &Proper attire Example, address mentor limitations &Proper attire

8 Managing your mentor component Provide the necessary resources Provide the necessary resources Provide effective tools Provide effective tools Handouts Handouts Worksheets Worksheets Activities Activities Media equipment (if applicable) Media equipment (if applicable) Use of other technology resources Use of other technology resources Online training Online training Online tutoring Online tutoring Online classes Online classes Conducive activity space (adequate privacy) Conducive activity space (adequate privacy) Proper guidelines, an established plan of action and chain of command for reporting issues Proper guidelines, an established plan of action and chain of command for reporting issues Counselor referrals Counselor referrals Disciplinary referrals Disciplinary referrals

9 Managing your mentor component contd… Activity logs Activity logs Incident reports Incident reports Access to student grades and standardized test scores Access to student grades and standardized test scores Proper follow up Proper follow up Plan to address issues as they arise Plan to address issues as they arise Counseling issues/referral ( Counselor referral form ) Counseling issues/referral ( Counselor referral form ) Issues reported by staff or student Issues reported by staff or student Issues between staff or students Issues between staff or students Disciplinary issues Disciplinary issues

10 Managing your mentor component Creativity Creativity Consistently reinvent your mentor component Consistently reinvent your mentor component More activities, less presentations More activities, less presentations Allow mentors to contribute Allow mentors to contribute Do not reinvent the wheel Do not reinvent the wheel Use internet as a resource Use internet as a resource Use other programs a resource Use other programs a resource Think outside the box (youtube videos, books, games etc.) Think outside the box (youtube videos, books, games etc.) Allow flexibility (with reasonable parameters) Allow flexibility (with reasonable parameters) Feedback Feedback Consistent verbal feedback to and from staff Consistent verbal feedback to and from staff Internal and state Protégé evaluation of mentor Internal and state Protégé evaluation of mentor Staff evaluations Staff evaluations Staff evaluation of program Staff evaluation of program Get input through surveys Get input through surveys

11 Managing your mentor component Make a connection to other components of the program Make a connection to other components of the program No component can exist as an island No component can exist as an island Make use of social media Make use of social media Make use of your network at schools and on campus Make use of your network at schools and on campus Allocate a time for mentoring activities Allocate a time for mentoring activities This will make a well rounded student This will make a well rounded student

12 Things to consider…. Tailor material to your audience Tailor material to your audience Age Age Gender Gender Environment Environment What challenges are they facing? What challenges are they facing? What engages them? What engages them? What do the schools suggest? What do the schools suggest? Include some mentors in the development of your mentor program as well as in maintaining it Include some mentors in the development of your mentor program as well as in maintaining it

13 Dressing Appropriately Homelessness Illiteracy Sex and Disease Keys Areas of Focus

14 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Verbal and Physical Abuse Illness and Death

15 Inappropriate Dating/Relationships BullyingFamily Issues & Pressure Gangs

16 Any Questions?

17 Thank You!!!


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