THE MENTOR SERVICES PROGRAM
Become a mentor
Being a mentor is a commitment. Mentors understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:
- A sincere desire to be involved with a young person.
- Respect for young people
- Active listener.
- See solutions and opportunities.
- Be flexible and open.
The time is flexible – as little or as much time as you have to give.
When we call a mentor to help a client , the first question is always are you available”? If the mentor
is not available, we simply need to ask another mentor. Once accepted to be a mentor, you do have
an obligation to complete it.
After successful acceptance as a mentor, you are placed on our database that details your industry
experience and skills.
Mentor Services is contacted by a prospective client and we match them up with a mentor who
meets their specific needs.
There are no set rules for mentoring. Mentoring styles will vary depending on the characteristics and
personalities of the Mentors, the individual clients and their businesses; and the type of problems
You are not there to make decisions for your client, but to provide opinions (and reasons for the
opinions) on the decisions and direction your client may take. It is your client's™s decision as to
whether they implement those opinions.
The average mentoring assignment is approximately 2 hours a week. This may consist of a phone call
to arrange a meeting and gather information, perhaps a one hour meeting to review the problems
and offer opinions and a follow up meeting to ascertain progress. Depending upon the relationship,
the mentor may invite a client to call if they need further assistance or arrange follow up contact.
Some mentors are still intermittently in touch with clients years.