The mentoring relationship should be initiated using strategies likely to increase the odds that mentoring relationships will endure and be effective. A well planned matching process confirms the roles, responsibilities and expectations of match parties and increases the likelihood of a successful relationship.

🔑 Key Elements

  • Characteristics of the mentor and mentee are considered when making matches: interests; proximity; availability; age; gender; race; ethnicity; personality; expressed preferences of mentor, mentee and guardian; goals; strengths; previous experiences. Although research suggests that matching based on race, ethnicity and socioeconomic factors should be considered, the mentor’s qualities and behaviours are the most significant because the mentor has the greatest responsibility for the success of the match.
  • An initial meeting between the mentor and mentee, as well as when relevant, the guardian, is arranged and documented. The program staff member should be present during the initial match meeting.
  • An agreement is signed by all stakeholders (mentors, mentee, and guardian) consenting to the programs rules and requirements, e.g. frequency, intensity and duration of match meetings, roles, frequency of contact with the program and risk management policies.