The Youth Mentoring Network

For Programmes

Start a programme

Design the parameters for the programme

  • Define the youth population that the programme will serve
  • Identify the types of individuals who will be recruited as mentors (such as senior citizens, corporate employees and university students)
  • Determine the type of mentoring that the programme will offer — one-to-one, group, team, peer or e-mentoring„
  • Structure the mentoring programme — as a stand-alone program or as part of an existing organisation
  • Define the nature of the mentoring sessions (such as career involvement, academic support and socialization)
  • Determine what the programme will accomplish and what outcomes will result for the participants, including mentors, mentees and sponsoring organizations
  • Determine when the mentoring will take place
  • Determine how often mentors and mentees will meet and how long the mentoring matches should endure
  • Decide where mentoring matches primarily will meet — workplace, school, faith-based organisation, youth justice facility, community setting or virtual community
  • Decide who are programme stakeholders and how to promote the programme,
  • Decide how to evaluate program success; and
  • Establish case management protocol to assure that the programme has regular contact with both mentors and mentees concerning their relationship. 

Plan how the program will be managed

Select the management team: 

  • Establish policies and procedures; and
  • Implement ongoing staff training and professional development. 

Develop a financial plan: 

  • Develop a program budget;
  • Determine the amount of funding needed to start and sustain the programme;
  • Identify and secure a diversified funding stream needed to start and sustain the programme;
  • Determine the amount of time each funding source can be expected to provide resources;
  • Establish internal controls and auditing requirements; and
  • Establish a system for managing programme finances. 

Implement the programme: 

  • Recruit programme participants, such as mentors, mentees and other volunteers;
  • Screen potential mentors and mentees;
  • Orient and train mentors, mentees and parents/caregivers;
  • Match mentors and mentees;
  • Bring mentors and mentees together for mentoring sessions that fall within programme parameters;
  • Provide ongoing support, supervision and monitoring of mentoring relationships;
  • Recognize the contribution of all programme participants; and
  • Help mentors and mentees reach closure.

Plan how to evaluate the program:

  • Decide on the evaluation design;
  • Determine what data will be collected, how it will be collected and the sources of data;
  • Determine the effectiveness of the programme process;
  • Determine the outcomes for mentors and mentees; and
  • Reflect on and disseminate findings.