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Factsheet 4: Program Sustainability

This factsheet provides programs with tips on how to make their program more sustainable. Sustainably managed programs that provide a stable source of mentors over an extensive period of time best meet the needs of the young people they aim to help. Research demonstrates that quality mentoring relationships that last for twelve months or longer result in more sustained outcomes for mentees. To ensure your program has maximum opportunity to provide a service after your allocated grant period, sustainability planning must be tackled during the planning stages and considered a priority for ongoing action and development.

Factsheet 3: Recruiting Mentors

This factsheet provides programs with tips on how to recruit mentors for theirĀ mentoring program. Recruiting mentors and mentees can be time consuming, costly and at may not have the desired results. With a well prepared plan in place, your recruitment can become sustainable and highly regarded. Attracting the right volunteers to match with the young people in your program is a vital ingredient in the overall success of reaching both program and mentee goals.

Factsheet 2: Training mentors

This factsheet provides programs with tips on how to create a training program for your mentors including tips on training adults and writing a training manual. Providing comprehensive, relevant and engaging training for your group of incoming mentors is vital to the success of your program. A well trained mentor has the opportunity to positively impact the lives of mentees. Mentor training that is designed to equip mentors with resources and knowledge, develop skills and increase confidence, will give your mentees, mentors and the community, the best opportunity for growth.

Factsheet 1: 8 Principles for Managing Mentors – A Program Check List

This factsheet provides practitioners with 8 simple prinicples to follow to adequately support mentors in order to retain a high quality pool of volunteers. Research by Grossman and Tierney has shown that mentors who are supported throughout the mentoring relationship by the program are retained for longer and their skill level improves dramatically, therefore providing a better quality of service to the young people they are supporting.