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Establishing Trust: A little patience goes a long way...
By: Crista Kruse
Over the past several months, we have heard from our mentoring program staff and many of the Mentor Kenosha and Racine (Mentor KR) mentors regarding the status of their mentoring relationships. Some are reporting that they dove right in and felt a connection with their mentees quickly, while others have reported more difficulty making the connection. No need to worry, both scenarios are completely normal. All mentor relationships take different forms and varied amounts of time to establish a comfortable relationship for the mentor and the mentee alike.
We have learned through research that access to mentor training and access to ongoing resources are important to supporting the mentoring relationship. One of the easiest and quickest solutions is to pick up the phone and call the mentoring program to share any frustration. They are the experts who have been working in the field for a long time and can work with you to resolve any issues. They can also share their personal experience and other mentors experiences with you to help alleviate your concerns.
Here are some additional great ways to access resources:
Please remember that all mentor/mentee relationships take time to establish trust. That is always the first step along the way to developing long-lasting friendships.
Tips and Tools
At this website you will find on the right hand side of the page, free down-loadable tools for mentoring adolescents.
This website offers a free online course that features real life mentoring scenarios.
If you have any tips or tools that you would like us to share in our next newsletter, email them to Crista at firstname.lastname@example.org.