Examples: Characteristics that may be relevant to consider when making matches include language spoken, interests, age, gender identity and expression, background, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation, special needs, personality and temperament, strengths, and/or the expressed preferences of the mentor, mentee, and the mentee’s parent or legal guardian. Logistical issues, such as schedule availability and geographic proximity, may also be relevant considerations.
Mentees, and their parents or legal guardians, as appropriate, provide written, informed consent to the proposed match.
Minor children and youth, and dependent adults, may be limited in the extent to which they can approve of and consent to matches. When the mentee is in the temporary custody of an agency (e.g. a youth justice agency), the custodial agency may provide the consent.
Prior to initiating the mentor-mentee relationship, the organization:
helps mentees, and their parents or legal guardians, as appropriate, to understand the mentor’s role;
engages the mentee’s family and coordinating service providers, as appropriate, in setting goals for the relationship; and
provides mentors with relevant information about their matched mentee.
When the mentee is a child who is a victim of human trafficking, it is important to be aware that the child’s parent or caregiver may be the trafficker or complicit in the trafficking. In such cases, determining appropriate family supports and level of involvement should include the input of the child, as well as child protection and law enforcement systems.