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Types of Mentoring

In Introduction on August 24, 2009 at 1:14 am


• Traditional One-to-One Mentoring.

One-to-one mentoring places one adult in a relationship with one youth. At a minimum, the mentor and mentee should meet regularly at least four hours per month for at least a year. There are exceptions—such as in school-based mentoring, which coincides with the school year—and other types of special mentoring initiatives. In such special circumstances, mentees need to know from the outset how long they can expect the relationship to last so they can adjust their expectations accordingly.
• Group Mentoring.

Group mentoring involves one adult mentor forming a relationship with a group of up to four young people. The mentor assumes the role of leader and makes a commitment to meet regularly with the group over a long period of
time. Most interaction is guided by the sessionstructure, which includes time for personal sharing.
The sponsoring mentoring program might specify certain activities that the group must participate in, or in some cases the mentor may choose or design
appropriate activities. Some group mentoring activities may be intended as teaching exercises, while others may simply be for fun.
• Team Mentoring.

Team mentoring involves several adults working with small groups of young people, with an adult-to-youth ratio no greater than one to four.

• Peer Mentoring.

Peer mentoring provides an opportunity for a caring youth to develop a guiding, teaching relationship with a younger person. Usually the mentoring program specifies activities that are curriculum-based. For example, a high
school student might tutor an elementary school student in reading or engage in other skill-building activities on site. These youth mentors serve as positive role models. They require ongoing support and close supervision. Usually in a peer mentoring relationship, the mentor and the mentee meet frequently over the course of a semester or an entire school year.
• E-mentoring (also known as online mentoring, or telementoring).

E-mentoring connects one adult with one youth. The pair communicate via the Internet at least once a week over a period of six months to a year. Some programs arrange two or three face-to-face meetings, one of which is a kickoff
event. Often the mentor serves as a guide or advisor in school- or career-related areas; for example, helping the mentee complete a school project
or discussing future education and career options. During the summer months, e-mentoring can serve as a bridge for mentors and mentees in traditional one-to-one relationships.

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