HOW TO BEGIN

  • STEP 1 - Research and Identify

    Research and Identify Type of Mentoring Program Your Agency Seeks to Implement

     

    School Based Mentoring Program

    School-based mentoring programs involve weekly one-on-one meetings between a mentor and his/her mentee, at the mentee’s school. Mentors and mentees engage in a range of academic and/or nonacademic activities, depending on the program’s objectives. Other students see having a mentor come to the school as an “enviable perk” shedding positive light onto the mentee and bolstering his/her social standing.

    National Examples:

     

    Community Based Mentoring Program

    Community-based mentoring programs involve weekly one-on-one meetings that take place outside of any specific site; the mentor and their mentee decide when and where they will meet and in what activities they will engage. Community based matches usually meet for one to three hours per week and offers young people the chance to develop a relationship with an adult, other than their parents or teachers. Community based matches can include tutoring, career exploration, life skills development, entertainment, and cultural or social experiences.

    National Examples:

     

    Site Based Mentoring Program

    Site-based mentoring programs involve weekly one-on-one meetings that take place at a specific site. Mentors and mentees meet at the program site and agency or program staff create and supervise activities.  Many of our existing NCMI/CMC mentoring programs are site based.

     

    Faith Based Mentoring Program

    Please see Mentoring Resources and click on one of the following faith based mentoring resources

    National Examples:

     

    Family Centered Mentoring Program

    Nazarene CMC Example:

    • Lower Lights Ministries

     

    Attachment Communities Mentoring Program

    Nazarene CMC Example:

     

    E-Mentoring

    National Examples:

    • YouthFriends e-Mentoring™
    • Be A Mentor:  email mentors are employees of sponsoring firms and organizations.  Sponsoring firms and organizations promote mentoring among their employees, allow a specified amount of time for the employee to communicate via email with the student and they will communicate 30 minutes to 1 hour/week.

     

    Group Mentoring

    Several of our partners also provide group mentoring in which 8 to 12 youth are matched with one mentor and they meet together as a group and one-to-one with mentor as necessary.

    Partner Examples:

  • STEP 3 - Partner for Assistance

    Partner with NCMI Mentoring Initiative for Assistance

     

    The seven steps outlined in How to Begin provides the organization with the resources and tools to explore the organization's mentoring vision and to help lay the foundation to implement a best-practices mentoring program. In Step 1 and Step 2 you had an opportunity to review the various mentoring programs and mentoring resources that are available via the world wide web.  In Steps 3 - 7, NCMI provides the process and system to assist organizations with their vision to implement a best practices mentoring program for at-risk children, youth and families.  It is NCMI's vision to make these resources and tools available to our Compassionate Ministries Centers and to assist with technical support and training as funding allows.  Follow the remaining steps to get started.

     

    • NOTE:  Contact Sherrie Vaughn to receive an Excel version of the Criteria Checkist as this checklist is a scoring instrument to assess the agency and program capacity for developing and implementing a best-practices mentoring program
    • Complete the APEX and submit on line
    • Schedule a Desk Review with Sherrie Vaughn, NCMI Mentoring Coordinator

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