Standards for child and youth development programs
Supplement for OST Programming: Mentoring Definition
Children and youth who participate in Mentoring experience supportive, positive relationships that contribute to the achievement of personal, social, and educational growth.
This supplement applies when an Out-of-School Time (OST) program operates a mentoring initiative as part of its Out-of-School Time program. Mentoring involves matching children and youth with caring individuals in an effort to establish supportive, stable relationships that promote the growth and development of children and youth.
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Note:This is not a standalone Service Standard. Programs must also demonstrate implementation of CYD-OST.
Note: While most of the programs implementing this supplement will likely run on-site mentoring programs, this supplement can also apply to programs that allow mentors and mentees to meet off-site.
Note: When a program does not offer a formal mentoring initiative as covered in this supplement, children and youth can still be introduced to new role models through practices addressed in other OST standards. For example, the program might facilitate meetings with adults working as artists or in STEM careers, as addressed in CYD-OST-AEE, CYD-OST-AESD, or CYD-OST-CCR.
Note: Please see the CYD-OST Reference List for a list of resources that informed the development of these standards.