Oklahoma Coaches' Mentoring Challenge
What is a mentor?
A listener, guide, encourager, friend, game-player, teacher, learner, role model, builder, career coach, life coach…
Who can be a mentor?
Almost everyone from high school age to nonagenarians!
What is mentoring?
A relationship over a prolonged period of time between two or more people where an older, caring, more experienced individual provides help to the younger person as he or she goes through life.
How do I become a mentor?
1. Pass a background check
2. Undergo training
3. Be matched
How long do I mentor?
Typically, an hour a week for a calendar or school year
When is mentoring?
During, before or after school.
What is most important about mentoring?
To be present, nonjudgmental, consistent, focused, listening, patient, observant, corrective and trustworthy
What types of mentoring opportunities are available?
Elementary, middle school, high school, postsecondary, Lunch Buddies, Career Coaches, juvenile-justice involved, STEM, one-on-one or group mentoring, children of incarcerated parents, foster youth, faith-based, corporate-sponsored, and more.
How old are mentees?
Elementary through postsecondary – college, career tech, entering workforce.
Who are the at-risk youths served?
Those dealing with single-parent home, learning differently, academic or social problems, poverty, instability, foster care, depression, low self-esteem, loss of an important role model, health issues, bullying.
Does mentoring make a difference?
In a recent survey of Oklahoma Mentoring Programs, the Boren Mentoring Initiative found that common positive outcomes of mentoring were improved academic performance, positive mentor-mentee relationships, improved behavior and increased self-esteem.