Note:When paid program staff are used as mentors, the standards in this section should be incorporated into the organization’s training and supervision system for the mentoring program (see TS 1 and TS 2).
Examples: One example of how the organization can outline responsibilities is by developing a contract between the mentor and mentee, which can serve as an effective tool for establishing the specific role of the mentor.
Mentors receive training that addresses:
good mentoring practices;
communication and relationship-building;
building trust with mentees and their families;
establishing appropriate boundaries and setting limits with mentees and their families;
diversity and cultural awareness; and
topics relevant to working with the population served, including strengths, needs, and challenges.
Training may need to be more extensive when mentors are matched with individuals facing special challenges (e.g. youth involved with the juvenile justice system, individuals with mental health or substance use conditions, or victims of human trafficking). Training for mentors working with victims of trafficking should include:
nonverbal communication cues,
the cycles of change model,
triggers for running away,
behaviors and symptoms corresponding to the victim’s relationship with their traffickers, including Stockholm Syndrome; and