The Mentor Network is a mentoring and coaching programme aimed at empowering youth and giving them positive and uplifting relationships with supportive and committed role models.
The programme is developmental in nature and focuses on building positive role models for youth and helping them to be more successful socially, academically and professionally.
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” John C. Crosby
Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else.
In combination with life coaching, it becomes even more powerful in having positive impact on the youth. The coaching methodology used (Power Coaching™ with Mind Kinetics™) is also developmental in nature and seek to have the youth view themselves as having the necessary power and control to succeed in life.
The main goals of the programme are to help the youth:
- Stay in school and perform better academically
- Prepare for college and employment
- Reduce anti-social behaviours
- Increase self esteem
- Improve social skills
- One on one mentoring: by partnering a mentee (youth) with a suitable mentor. Through regular contact and a supportive relationship the mentor helps the mentee to make positive progress.
- Group mentoring: through talks and discussions, retreats, workshops and seminars.
- Structured programmes (e.g. seminars, lectures and workshops where) appropriate
- Unstructured programmes (phone calls, meetings between mentor and mentee, emails)
- Academic (tutoring and lectures)
- Social (e.g. social outings and retreats)
A great example is this career talk for over 500 students.
The programme targets youth in educational institutions. These are primarily:
- Primary and Secondary Schools students
- Colleges students
- University students
Structured programmes, such as seminars and workshops are tailored to the particular audience.
Mentors are drawn from a cross-section of backgrounds and groups. Mentoring is on a voluntary basis and a screening process is in place to ensure that mentors are screened and are made fully aware of the commitment that they are making as it has been shown that consistency of contact and duration of contact are important to positive outcomes.
Broadly speaking the mentors are professional people in various fields as well as college and university students who can mentor others themselves.
Read more about The Mentor Network and research on mentoring