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7h1i. MATCHING: Best Practices

Best Practices for Matching

in Programs Serving Youth in and/or Leaving Care

Where possible, mentors should be provided with information on their mentee’s case history to better understand their specific experiences, strengths and challenges:

  • If you are matching a youth who is out as LGBT2SQ, be sure to consider his or her unique needs. Some of these needs could include feeling isolated from family and peers, as well as externalized and internalized homophobia. Ask LGBT2SQ youth if they’d like to be matched with an LGBT2SQ mentor. Don’t assume either way. If you match the young person with a heterosexual adult, be sure that the adult is trained and very comfortable working with a LGBT2SQ youth.
  • Provide an overview of the services and supports available for the youth so mentors can learn how they fit into the system of care for that particular child.
  • Clarify how communication between the guardian/foster family and the mentor should work and provide contact details.
  • Allow both mentor and mentee to ask any remaining questions they may have.