How to Start a Mentorship Program

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Purpose

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Is there a need?

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What demographics benefit from this program?

  • Age
  • ex: Elementary
    • middle School
    • High School
    • College/ GED
  • Gender
  • Special Needs/ Disabled
  • Troubled Youth
  • Low Income/Tax Bracket

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Budget

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How much money would you need for your program to happen?

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Are there any excursions or supplies you would like the mentees to enjoy?

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How will administration costs be covered?

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Will you need to pay for creating a website for your program?

  • Consider whether there will be marketing expenses
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Contemplate where the money could come from

  • Will you fund the program or will you start a fund within your community and ask your peers to help donate to make your program a reality? You can utilize websites such as gofundme to do this, or rely on word of mouth, and tap into your existing network.
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Decide if the people coordinating and scheduling will be paid or solely volunteering

Recruiting

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You will need to contact schools, youth programs and other groups in order to recruit mentees for your program

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You can also contact professional/civic organizations in your area to find mentors to participate

Program Design & Planning

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What specific type of mentoring will your program offer?
Education
Social Skills
Career Building
Behavior
Financial

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Where will mentoring pairs meet?
In a local building, i.e. schools, churches, libraries
Online
Restaurants
Parks

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You will most likely need to schedule the mentoring sessions after school and on weekends

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Who will you partner with?
Schools
Corporations
Faith Based Community
Civic Organizations
Fraternities/ Sororities

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Whom will you involve as advisors, staff, and participants?

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How long will the program last?

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Staff Training

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Interview/ vetting process for mentors to ensure the participants safety

  • Include a background check

Timeline

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When will the program take place?

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How long will it take you to gather all of the funds and supplies?

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Allocate an advertising period for your program

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Register your program with the National ventorship Partnership
https://www.mentoring.org/program-resou rces/mentoring-connector/