Mentors enjoy being in the life of an adolescent, modeling and sharing values. (One-year commitment, at least twice a month)
- Join a mentoring community that trains and inspires men and women to become relational mentors
- Become a trusted friend as you “show up,” “live out,” and “speak in”
- Be matched with an adolescent from Bloomingdale Church or community-based mentoring program.
What is a Mentor?
- Trusted friend
- Faithfully shows up
- Positive Role Model
Mentor Tools (TMP)
Showing Up (Love) ➝ Living Out (Model) ➝ Speaking In (Coach)
Mentoring Best Practices
- Stay connected to your mentoring community.
- Share stories with other mentors.
- Ask for advice.
- Do mentoring activities together.
- Show up. Be consistent and dependable.
- Create a clear meeting time with mentee’s parent/guardian (including “pick up” and “drop off” expectations).
- Maintain an unconditional presence.
- Give undivided attention.
- Silence your phone.
- Participate in active listening: make eye contact, use open posture, be attentive, and reflect the mentee’s statements and emotions
- Learn to say, “How did that make you feel?”
- Learn to say, “That’s interesting, tell me more about that,” or “I’m a little confused, help me understand what you are saying.”
- Identify interests and hobbies.
- Decide together what they are going to do.
- Do things you both like together. Have fun.
- Allow mentee to take the lead.
- Practice safe communication and safe boundaries.