* Is a structured, one-to-one relationship or partnership that focuses on the needs of mentored participants.
* Fosters caring and supportive relationships.
* Encourages individuals to develop to their fullest potential.
* Helps an individual to develop his or her own vision for the future.
* Is a strategy to develop active community partnerships.
Types of Mentoring:
Responsible mentoring can take many forms: traditional mentoring (one adult to one young person); group mentoring (one adult to as many as four young people); team mentoring (several adults working with small groups of young people, in which the adult-to-youth ratio is not greater than 1:4); peer mentoring (caring youth mentoring other youth); and e-mentoring (mentoring via email and the Internet).
Locations of Mentoring:
Mentoring can take place in a wide array of settings, such as at a workplace, in a school, at a faith-based organization, at a juvenile corrections facility, in a community setting and in the virtual community (e-mentoring).
Source: Rhodes, J.E. (2002). Stand by me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today’s youth. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.