Contract Training Descriptions

MENTOR Minnesota offers a wide variety of training support to help start, maintain, and sustain quality mentoring initiatives, and to prepare both mentors and mentees to make the most of their mentoring relationships. We can also customize any of the professional development workshops to meet your specific needs. Please complete this form and a member of our team will contact you about your request.

1: Maximize Your Impact: Positive Mentoring Relationships with Youth

This training teaches volunteer mentors the skills they will need to begin and sustain successful mentoring relationships. Through interactive exercises and discussion, mentors will address their expectations and concerns, learn the roles and responsibilities of successful mentors, tackle real-life scenarios from adult/youth mentoring relationships and prepare for the different stages of mentoring relationships.

This workshop shows new and experienced mentors how they can maximize their impact as a mentor by:

  • Focusing on what is strong, not what is wrong
  • Paying attention to what mentees would like for themselves – not just what we think they need
  • Teaching and modeling skills to help young people carry their baggage better
  • Building longer, stronger relationships

Appropriate for mentors from all types of programs as it encourages mentors to maximize their impact despite limitations and in the face of challenges. Great for new and returning mentors.

2: Maximize Your Impact: Peer to Peer Mentor Training

Many schools and colleges recognize the importance of offering mentors to students in need of additional support and encouragement. Many times, current students are the perfect people to fulfill this role. This workshop focuses on preparing students who will be working with peers in a mentoring relationship.

We will prepare mentors by focusing on:

  • Their role as a peer mentor
  • Tactics for navigating difficult situations with their mentee
  • Strategies for building and sustaining a positive relationship
  • Understanding and managing their expectations so they don’t interfere with the relationship.
  • Ways to focus on the strengths of their mentee
  • Tools to be active listeners
  • Ways to engage their mentee in learning through experience
  • How to model positive behavior
3: Maximize Your Communication

Mentors often find themselves looking to build a deeper, more trusting relationship with their mentee. They want to be safe people who their mentee can be open and honest with. We know from experience in our own relationships that this kind of trust and openness does not just appear in relationships, but takes hard work and ongoing engagement.

This workshop will focus on how to intentionally build and sustain a mentoring relationship using conflict resolution communication skills and active listening. It is great for new or experienced mentors and can provide the perfect ongoing training opportunity for mentors looking to hone their skills.

Join us for this interactive and insightful workshop where mentors will:

  • Understand a process by which they can learn from experiences and help mentees process their own
  • Practice active listening and learn how to model it for mentees
  • Recognize their own internal process and the need to ask for a break or set boundaries
  • Learn about non-violent communication skills they can model and teach
  • Explore how to talk to mentees about family issues
4: Maximize Your Opportunity

This two hour training teaches youth the skills they need to begin and sustain successful mentoring relationships. Through role-playing, interactive exercises and lecture, youth will address their concerns and expectations, explore boundary issues, discuss communication styles, and learn about the stages of the mentoring relationship. This training is particularly helpful for new mentees or youth experiencing relational issues.

5: Maximize Your Awareness

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, cultural competency is not enough. We need to be aware of the many dimensions of diversity, both for ourselves and for the people we work with, and we need to know how identities are formed, how assumptions are made and why “what works for us” won’t always work for the young people we serve.

This 2 hour activity-based training will give you the chance to delve into your own identities and reflect on how they affect your experiences working with youth:

  • Recognize and appreciate the many layers of culture & identity
  • Learn what we mean by ‘privilege’ and why it matters
  • Strategies to communicate and connect across difference

This training is great for new mentors, as ongoing mentor training, or as a staff enrichment activity.

6: Building Blocks for a Quality Mentoring Program

The list for starting and maintaining and mentoring program can grow very long; community input, curriculum, goals and objectives,interview questions, parental consent, legal considerations, marketing, and soon.

Through this interactive session, you will learn essential information for your organization’s mentoring program development and initial plans for implementation. In this training, we use Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, the industry’s nationally accepted best practice standards for the development of youth mentoring programs, as our guide.

During this one day workshop, we begin with program design and discuss the fundamentals of existing as a mentoring program as well as other core best practices like minimizing risk and writing a mission statement. We move on to discuss communication and messaging, giving you a chance to analyze and improve your messaging to key stakeholders. We cover program operations elements including recruitment, screening, training, matching, monitoring, and closure with tips for how to easily translate them into practice. We close by looking at basic evaluation tools and standards that will allow you to assess your program’s impact and continue improving your services.

Working onsite with your program staff allows us to customize this training to fit your current program status and needs. The training will include in depth discussion about your specific goals and questions in creating and sustaining your program, in addition MPM staff will facilitate individualized work time to maximize learning potential and productivity during the workshop.