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NCJ Number: 229360 Find in a Library
Title: Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors
Author(s): Michael Garringer; Linda Jucovy
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: Hamilton Fish National Institute on School and Community Violence
Washington, DC
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Portland, OR 97204
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2005-JL-FX-0157
Sale Source: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
101 SW Main Street
Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
United States of America

Hamilton Fish National Institute on School and Community Violence
George Washington University
2121 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide provides mentors with 10 simple rules for being a successful mentor and quotes from actual volunteers and youth on what they have learned form the mentoring experience.
Abstract: Mentoring is an increasingly popular way of providing guidance and support to young people in need. In recent years, youth mentoring has expanded from a relatively small youth intervention to a cornerstone youth service that is being implemented in schools and their communities. The Effective Strategies for Providing Quality Youth Mentoring in Schools and Community series, sponsored by the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence and supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is designed to give practitioners a set of tools and ideas that they can use to build quality mentoring programs. This revised guide in the series describes important features of successful mentors' attitudes and styles: 1) be a friend; 2) have realistic goals and expectations; 3) have fun together; 4) give your mentee voice and choice in deciding on activities; 5) be positive; 6) let your mentee have much of the control over what the two of you talk about; 7) listen; 8) respect the trust your mentee places in you; 9) remember that your relationship is with the youth, not the youth's parent; and 10) remember that you are responsible for building the relationship. The guide continues with more about each of these mentor characteristic. The importance of each is illustrated through the voices of actual mentors and young people talking about their relationships and how they came to be. List of additional readings
Main Term(s): Mentoring programs
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community support; OJJDP grant-related documents; Schools; Services effectiveness; Youth advocates; Youth development
Note: Downloaded January 18, 2010; for more in the mentor guide series see NCJ- 229357-359 and NCJ-229361.
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