Mentoring Working Groups

benefits of being in a working groupIn the fall of 2020, MENTOR Virginia launched an initiative to bring mentoring programs across the state together to help each other adapt to the pandemic. The initiative was so successful that MENTOR Virginia expanded the initiative in the spring of 2021 to accept new members into the three core working groups on a rolling basis.

The working groups include:

 

  1. School-Based Mentoring Group
  2. Community-Based Mentoring Group
  3. STEM Mentoring Group

School-Based Mentoring Working Group

This working group is designed for any mentoring programs that work in or with school districts to provide youth mentoring services.

Community-Based Mentoring Working Group

This working group is designed for any mentoring programs that provide youth mentoring as part of a community-based organization.

STEM Mentoring Working Group

This working group is designed for any youth mentoring programs that work to provide STEM-related opportunities and activities.

Who can join a mentoring working group?

The working groups are open to all youth mentoring program staff and operationally-involved volunteers.

What is a mentoring working group?

The working groups are peer-led spaces where programs can come together to share resources and best practices, and solve common challenges. By collaborating with peers engaged in similar work, programs can scale solutions, increase efficiencies, and maxmize impact.

How do the mentoring working groups work?

Working group meetings are virtual and are designed to be flexible and responsive to each member’s needs as they arise and evolve. Members work together to co-create agendas.

When do mentoring working groups meet?

Each group has developed their own structures, including flexible meeting schedules and meeting frequencies.

What is the commitment for a mentoring working group?

Members should plan to spend one hour per month on working group activities. Working groups will continue to meet for as long as members wish, but individual members can exit a working group at any time.

Success Stories

[MENTOR Virginia] connected me with other mentor coordinators through small workgroups and helped me see that our program wasn’t the only program having challenges engaging the kids in the new format.

~ Tiffani Peguese

Befriend-a-Child Mentoring Program

[MENTOR Virginia] has done a great job bringing the mentoring programs of Virginia together to share successes and best practices, as well as lessons learned from efforts that weren’t so successful during this pandemic.

~ Mary Midyette

Team Up Mentoring