Ways College, High School Coaches Can Support the Mentoring Challenge
Coaching and mentoring are synonymous, and we salute all coaches who have shaped young men and women into citizens of character, action, and discipline.
Coaches cannot mentor every youth in their towns, but they can use their considerable influence to advocate for mentoring, recruit new mentors, and/or spur a pilot mentoring program where none exists.
REQUIREMENT FOR ENDORSING THE MENTORING CHALLENGE
By endorsing the Coaches' Mentoring Challenge, you agree for the Boren Mentoring Initiative to use your name and photo in publicity and social media to encourage fans to volunteer as mentors. Please email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pose with signs supporting mentoring and send us the photo. (See above.)
At a Game
- Allow mentoring programs to host a mentor recruitment table at a home game.
- Allow a mentoring public service announcement to be read over the loudspeaker during one or more home games. Or prerecord your own public service announcement.
- Provide a limited number of free game tickets for mentors/mentees to attend a game and/or a receive a free concession item.
- Give mentors/mentees a moment for on-field recognition.
- As a group, allow mentors/mentees to meet you and your players for autographs
- Spotlight any of your team or fellow coaches who mentor.
- Encourage athletes, parents, fellow coaches and fans to become mentors.
- Issue a local press release in partnership with community mentoring programs.
- Print and display Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge or mentoring posters in the school or on campus or have students design their own.
- Share your own mentoring stories with local civic and religious groups to recruit mentors.
- Post photos and updates about your involvement in mentoring or the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or other social media outlets. Please include the hashtag #okcoacheschallenge at the end of your post.
- Send photos with captions and news of your efforts to email@example.com. Please note that students under 18 must have parent/guardian permission to publish photos in print and online.
- A peer mentoring program on your campus for upperclassmen mentoring freshmen.
- A program for college or high school students to mentor elementary and middle school students.
- Career-oriented mentoring program by community professionals for high school and college students.
- After practice one evening a week, have a team mentoring program, such as Camp Fire Club or some other mentoring model that teaches life skills, community service, and outdoor activities. Your team could also serve as peer mentors to younger students.
Contact Beverly Woodrome at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (405) 236-0006 for ideas on starting a new mentoring program.