Various Models of Mentoring
In RTG we have varied mentoring models
One on one mentoring
This is where a youth and mentor are matched and meet regularly to work on the learning goals and gifts of the student and learning goals and gifts of the mentor. It is a mutually based opportunity for both. An RTG Education Manager solicits a survey with potential mentors to explore: their suitability for the program, development goals and personality. Next the EM researches each mentor’s compatibility with program youth’s interests/personality and learning goals. Some clubs have a process whereby youth choose their own mentor and also regularly check in with the EM about the relationship and if it is “working” The same process happens with a regular mentor “check in”.
Group based mentoring
This type of mentoring is favoured as a process to engage a few youth in similar learning goals, skills development..or challenges they are facing. The mentor facilitates the group problem solve and learn from each other. The mentor also learns from the group and guides the learning process. This can be through a planned workshop or brainstorming session. The EM would also work with mentor to support these activities and offer suggestions and feedback. It also important to engage the youth in setting goals for group mentoring, researching the topic as well as an evaluation/reflection exercise after each session.
In some clubs older youth support their peers through mentoring relationships. Youth who have experienced similar life experiences and challenges can be engaged to support positive role modelling for children and younger teens. It also highlights the importance of youth engagement in remote communities as part of the struggle against youth out migration and in all communities as a way to provide youth with positive alternatives for themselves and their communities. Education Managers and Mentors can support the peer mentoring initiative by building skills and opportunities for peer mentors in leadership workshops within RTG.
There are youth who demonstrate this potential. It is up to staff and mentors to provide the space and accompanying tools for peer mentorship to grow and to be recognized.