Integrating Effective Mentoring Strategies and Services into Youth Services

Posted by Margaret Lamb - On May 05, 2014 (EST)

Join us for this webinar to learn about the mentoring strategies and services showcased in the recently released, “Mentoring Youth and Young Parents: A Guidebook for Programs Helping Youth and Young Parents Navigate a Pathway to Self-Sufficiency.” This webinar will offer nationally-recognized strategies for developing and implementing a mentoring program. You will also learn more through mentor program experiences shared by two Young Parents Demonstration Programs; and receive tips about quality standards and available resources from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. You won’t want to miss this valuable session!

In advance of the webinar, please answer the following questions for us and your peers:

  • Is your youth program in need of effective mentoring strategies?
  • What challenges are you facing incorporating mentoring services to help youth in your program achieve or attain educational, occupational skills training, and career goals?

Type your thoughts into the "User Comments" section below(also, don't forget to register). You'll be able to connect with your colleagues and help inform the discussion for the live event!



User Comments (63)
On May 13, 2014  Maida Coleman said:
My organization is initiating a new mentoring program. We're interested in start up ideas, best practices, pitfalls to avoid.


On May 13, 2014  Tom Zizzo said:
The biggest challenge I foresee is getting enough quality mentors to participate and be consistent.


On May 13, 2014  Sara Stone said:
The most complex challenges are implementing strategies during mentoring sessions that empower both the youth and mentor to connect. Mentors frequently are educated and desire to help but lack the ability to relate to youth culture.


On May 13, 2014  Kathryn Clayton said:
Yes, and we believe an effective mentoring strategy would strengthen our youth initiatives. We currently do not have challenges as we are exploring best practice examples for review as we consider a mentoring service component being added to youth programs.


On May 13, 2014  Aaron Modica said:
Our program currently operates a cohort model. I would like to learn more about cascade mentoring models, and mentor training models.


On May 13, 2014  Deborah Neary said:
We are piloting the YIM Mentoring Model with foster youth that are transitioning out of foster care and after they have participated in job training. I look forward to this discussion.


On May 13, 2014  Aida Varela said:
We have an ongoing mentoring program within our TRIO SSS program that certainly can use a renewal of effective mentoring strategies. One of my biggest challenges is recruiting student to be mentors and keeping them engaged in the process; when I have a caseload that I have to attend to and don't have as much time to dedicate to the follow up of mentors. Another of our biggest challenges is lack of staff to help us coordinate the mentoring program.


On May 13, 2014  Helen Childs said:
We have a Faith-based initiative that mentors at risk youth in rural communities. One of the biggest challenges is the lack of supervision for kids who virtually left along while parents work all day or night. Our program is small with not nearly enough mentors. Are there networking programs, or opportunities to begin shared mentoring partnerships. IF so, how would a shared model like this work? Can we restructure to service more mentees?


On May 13, 2014  Helen Childs said:
We have a Faith-based initiative that mentors at risk youth in rural communities. One of the biggest challenges is acquiring enough mentors to serve as educational tutors and mentors for unsupervised youth during summer months. Our program is small with not nearly enough mentors. Are there networking programs, or opportunities to begin shared mentoring partnerships. IF so, how would a shared model like this work? Can we restructure to service more mentees?


On May 13, 2014  Helen Childs said:
We have a Faith-based initiative that mentors at risk youth in rural communities. One of the biggest challenges is acquiring enough mentors to serve as educational tutors and mentors for unsupervised youth during summer months. Our program is small with not nearly enough mentors. Are there networking programs, or opportunities to begin shared mentoring partnerships. IF so, how would a shared model like this work? Can we restructure to service more mentees?


On May 13, 2014  BEVERLY ALFORD said:
I am about to begin a new position and want to implement a mentoring program. This webinar, I hope will be a valuable and useful resource.


On May 14, 2014  Lynette Jones said:
Yes, we'd like to discuss Best Practices for Mentoring marginalized youth. One of our biggest challenges is connecting mentors/mentees at times convenient and appealing to both groups.


On May 14, 2014  susan spagnuolo said:
In our Positive Pathways Program the challenge we hear most regarding mentoring is engaging their participants in mentoring as a component of their program experience. They do not see it as something that would be of value to them and those that are familiar with mentoring think of it as something for younger people.


On May 14, 2014  John Hurt said:
We have an effective mentoring program but we are always looking for new ideas to increase participation.


On May 14, 2014  John Hurt said:
We have an effective mentoring program but we are always looking for new ideas to increase participation.


On May 14, 2014  Diane LeBlanc said:
We are currently looking to add a mentoring program to the WIA In-school program. I am looking forward to getting some great ideas to make this happen!


On May 15, 2014  LaDonna Gaut said:
We are currently seeking to enhance our mentoring program.


On May 15, 2014  LaDonna Gaut said:
We are currently seeking to enhance our mentoring program.


On May 15, 2014  Katherine Koziar said:
•Is your youth program in need of effective mentoring strategies? Our program is researching effective mentoring strategies so we may build a mentoring program for both youth and adults returning to school for education who desire to start a professional career. • What challenges are you facing incorporating mentoring services to help youth in your program achieve or attain educational, occupational skills training, and career goals? We are building this program from the ground up; while our program team understands the importance of a mentoring program, no one has hands-on experience in implementing one.


On May 15, 2014  Katherine Koziar said:
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On May 15, 2014  Mike Shiffer said:
We've been using a model we call career guides. Today we need to describe the effectiveness of mentoring, information, outreach and referral in terms of outcomes. Since this type of service typically has not resulted in a registration under most programs it has been difficult to follow up and assess outcomes. How do you measure outcomes for mentoring in the short and long-term? Please focus on the difference between outcomes and outputs or how often the mentor and youth meet.


On May 15, 2014  Stephen Wallinger said:
Yes, seeking to enhance mentor recruitment. Challenges: long term mentors


On May 15, 2014  Sonny Musick said:
Yes. We are tasked with recruiting youth who have dropped out of school and helping them get their GED or high school diploma. Due to the large size and remoteness of our territory, the only practical way we can assist them is by providing our services remotely, such as utilizing an online high school as well as online GED instruction. The biggest challenge is locating candidates who are eligible and appropriate for online learning, followed by effectively engaging and working with them remotely.


On May 16, 2014  Amy Pond said:
Our program works with in/out of school at-risk youth. I am hoping to learn more about recruiting mentors. Challenges: Finding appropriate mentors


On May 16, 2014  Jacob Newman said:
We will be implementing a 'team up' (two other non profit partners) based, group mentoring initiative whereby our Male GED students and graduates of our Conservation Corps program will mentor middle school aged boys.


On May 16, 2014  Lisa Alston said:
I am interested in best practices for starting a mentoring program for adolescent girls and teen mothers.


On May 19, 2014  Kristin Anthony said:
We have a youth program in place for at-risk teens, high school grades 9-12th. Our current challenges are: We have a great on-line mentoring component, but encouraging the youth to log-in to connect with their mentors during their free-time has not been fruitful. Requesting guest speakers, tours of post-secondary schools, and occupational skills demonstrations are challenging because we are in eight different high schools at eight different times. We are open to new ideas and suggestions from others who have succesfully implemented those "ideas" into their mentoring program.


On May 19, 2014  CJessica Virga said:
I am about to begin a new position and want to implement a mentoring program.


On May 19, 2014  CJessica Virga said:
I am about to begin a new position and want to implement a mentoring program.


On May 19, 2014  Ja'Von Clark said:
Yes, there is a lot of paperwork invovled with this program and this causes less time for effective mentoring. How do other organizations handel this situation?


On May 19, 2014  Peggy Baskin said:
We have mentors for teen mothers and I'd like to learn about different ideas or various strategies mentors can use to better assist their mentees. Our challenge is recruiting and having enough mentors for a pool to match from. Keeping mentors engaged when not matched.


On May 20, 2014  Sidney Battle said:
Seeking to explore best practices for incoporating education and employment-based mentoring into youth programs.


On May 20, 2014  Cindy Price said:
The challenges we face are with the recruitment of mentors that are consistent in their participation and new methods/strategies for encouraging youth participation.


On May 20, 2014  Mark Boerger said:
Yes. Our challenge is consistent engagement from mentees and consistent reporting from mentors. Often, the mentors will act as an emotional support but it is difficult to obtain measurable outcomes that show that a mentor's involvement directly affects the achievement of goals.


On May 20, 2014  Adam Fletcher said:
How do we measure effectiveness in mentorships, given new research and best practices focused on youth voice? How can we incorporate youth voice into mentorships, and into measuring mentorships?


On May 20, 2014  Adam Fletcher said:
How do we measure effectiveness in mentorships, given new research and best practices focused on youth voice? How can we incorporate youth voice into mentorships, and into measuring mentorships?


On May 29, 2014  Sandra Irish said:
As mentors, we are looking for new ideas/strategies to market the Youth Opportunity Program. A challenge is to keep the Youth Specialist's peer caseload interested and engaged.


On May 29, 2014  Holly Meyer-Zlokovich said:
Is your youth program in need of effective mentoring strategies? Always, new strategies rarely hurt. What challenges are you facing incorporating mentoring services to help youth in your program achieve or attain educational, occupational skills training, and career goals? Our biggest challenge is just getting the youth to show up so that we can mentor them or offer them skills training.


On May 29, 2014  Michelle Forliti said:
We utilize our worksite supervisors as mentors for the youth they have working at their location. We ask mentors to focus on work readiness skills type of mentoring, but often hear of other topics being addressed; such as importance of an education and maintaining/building on one's own integrity. Mentors vary in their skills and abilities, but most do a very nice job.


On May 29, 2014  Michelle Forliti said:
We utilize our worksite supervisors as mentors for the youth they have working at their location. We ask mentors to focus on work readiness skills type of mentoring, but often hear of other topics being addressed; such as importance of an education and maintaining/building on one's own integrity. Mentors vary in their skills and abilities, but most do a very nice job. Yes, follow through on the youth's part has always been a struggle for many of our participants. having the ability to provide rewards or tokens for participating or showing up, especially in the beginning has proven to increase participation. But with funding shrinking, this becomes more difficult to provide.


On June 03, 2014  Amy Ensign said:
We would like to implement a mentoring program. We're interested in start up ideas, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.


On June 03, 2014  Ashley Gay said:
We work in a youth program and are always looking for new ways to serve our youth. But we work in group settings, not individually with the youth. Any tips/advice for effectively working with groups of teenagers would be helpful!


On June 03, 2014  Julia Brito said:
Youth programs needs new mentoring strategies for implementing it. We are opening to receiving the new educational tips and trends for advised them.


On June 03, 2014  Ana Ines Landron said:
Yes. Our undergraduate community college is in need of effective mentoring strategies. We would appreciate a discussion on Best Practices for high risk students as well as strategies to increase and sustain attendance to mentoring activities or to tutoring.


On June 03, 2014  Paula Marcinkowski said:
My program is more specifically geared toward Self Sufficiency and a lot of the participants are young, not specifically just youth. Many don't have any role models, mentors or even family to offer support. I believe adding mentoring for those participants might be the key to their success. Children learn what (and how) they live. When raised in an environment that does not acknowledge independence and self-sufficiency, many people grow up not even knowing that there are other options for living. Mentoring might be an answer. • What challenges are you facing incorporating mentoring services to help youth in your program achieve or attain educational, occupational skills training, and career goals?


On June 03, 2014  Dr. Fulton-Thomas said:
the challenge I often face is getting qualified and committed Mentors


On June 03, 2014  Tammy Wesson said:
Retaining young adults to complete and graduate is a number one issue at most colleges. My clients struggle with lack of personnel to dedicate to managing a mentoring program.


On June 03, 2014  Cynthia Miller said:
How do we get on the wait list? Thank you!


On June 04, 2014  Valencia Huggins said:
The challenges we face are recruiting mentors and establishing a set schedule to meet with mentees. Also ways to get participants to buy into the program. Interested in all strategies that would establish a successful mentoring program.


On June 04, 2014  Sandy Austin said:
Working with young adults to obtain their GED, job training and job searching we are interested in strategies to create Peer Mentoring / tutoring.


On June 04, 2014  Cathy Benda said:
We face many challenges in reaching youth and keeping them engaged in the program. Any additional tools would be helpful


On June 04, 2014  Rick Gully said:
Retention of youth participation is a key issue.


On June 04, 2014  Brenda Conway said:
For my organization it is finding mentors for the students. Recruiting and retention on both sides is an issue.


On June 04, 2014  JoAnne Renwick said:
Venturing into a new position and new ideas/tools to widen my scope is always appreciated.


On June 04, 2014  Lainie Thornton said:
I would like more information concerning what guidelines are required of participating mentors, such as background checks and training of mentors. We have not begun a mentoring program because it is hard to find specific WIA guidelines about the mentoring component in the 10 core elements.


On June 04, 2014  Erin Bourgault said:
My organization is trying to connect youth with more community resources such as alternative education options, GED programs, and vocational resources.


On June 04, 2014  Josie Gonzalez said:
Seeking to get more information on the topic


On June 04, 2014  Maria Ruiz said:
Hoping to learn from this webinar to assist in mentoring youth.


On June 05, 2014  Scott Andree Bowen said:
The biggest obstacle is selling the idea of a mentor to the youth. They feel that they do not need someone to mentor them.


On June 05, 2014  Luis Portillo said:
We, West Valley College, are about to embark in a four-year project aimed at building career pathways within the water industry. Mentoring will be a critical component of project implementation.


On June 09, 2014  Matthew Lydon said:
We're exploring ways to increase youth engagement in our program, knowing that many of the youth we serve don't have a lot of positive (or any) role models in their home lives. Given our scant resources in our office, we're wondering just how we might take on mentoring roles for our participants, while still getting our main jobs done.


On June 09, 2014  Shari Arnold said:
We are having trouble staying in touch with the youth. They don't always respond to emails and phone messages or keep us aware of changes in their lives. I am starting the position and want to start with good habits that help the youth.


On June 09, 2014  Tia Brown said:
Our organization typically deals with adult mentoring programs in transit so I would be interested to hear more about how youth mentoring programs can help provide youth with pathways into jobs



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Presenter : Tammy Tai, Chief Program Officer, MENTOR
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