FRAMEWORK OF MENTORSHIP - 4 STAGES AND UNDERLYING SKILLS
Mentoring centers on the creation of a safe and healthy relationship between a mentor and mentee. Our mentoring framework identifies 4 critical stages every mentor and mentee goes through:
CONNECT: Our first relationship stage helps mentor and the mentee establish trust, consistency and reliability in the relationship.By the end of this stage, mentors and mentees feel comfortable around each other.
EMPOWER: In this stage, mentees work on those facets of their lives that they would like to empower through the mentoring. Mentors and mentees practice different life skills that can help them achieve their goals.
LEVEL: In the second stage, we remove implicit and explicit power differences between our mentors and mentees. We establish a mutual or two-way relationship, where mentor and mentee both contribute to the relationship and learn from it.
EVOLVE: In this final stage, mentees work on their future life choices. Mentors help mentees in their decision-making. Mentors and mentees also reflect on their mentorship and decide the next stage of their own journey.
To help mentors and mentees in their journey to build an empowered relationship we have created a toolkit of 18 different life skills and work skills. Adapting from the UNICEF classification of skills, we’ve uniquely applied these skills to a mentorship context. Mentors and mentees practice them throughout the relationship.Mentor Together provides empowering one-to-one mentoring relationships that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds break the inequality of opportunity.
In crowded classrooms and under-resourced communities, there are many children facing unique conditions of family, economic and individual risk. These risk factors if unnoticed and unaddressed can contribute to adverse outcomes like dropout or risky behaviours. Adolescence as a period of development is also a critical inflection point. As children mature, ideas of independence, self-identity, and the practice of autonomy become increasingly important. In our life skills mentoring program, we identify children facing conditions of high-risk, for an intensive 3 year intervention from class 8 to class 10. The goal is to equip the children with life skills to make a successful transition from high school.