Decision Making - Summary

Decision Making

You and your mentee will be faced with many decisions and opportunities. Here, you’ll find guidance on how to make child-focused, ethical decisions in different mentoring situations.


The purpose of this module is to provide you with guidance when faced with decisions related to your Little Sister or Little Brother, in order to help promote their well-being and increase the chances of a long and successful match.

Here are some of the key points that summarize the contents of this module:

  • Ending a match prematurely can lead to great disappointment, and in some cases make matters worse for the child or youth than they were before the match.
  • Your mentee depends on you. Bearing in mind the parameters and guidelines of your mentoring program, you should be there for them as much as you can.
  • Respect and celebrate the differences between you, your mentee, and their family. 
  • Avoid taking on roles outside of the bounds of mentoring (boss, coach, psychologist, parent or guardian, etc.).
  • Keep your focus on your mentee as opposed to the parents or guardians or other family members.
  • Use your position of power only to benefit your Little Sister or Little Brother.
  • Know the difference between secrets and surprises. Many secrets cannot be kept, so never promise your mentee that you will keep a secret before they tell it.
  • Keep personal information about your Little Sister or Little Brother confidential.
  • When in doubt about anything, consult with your program staff. You’re required to consult with them regularly; you’re encouraged to chat with them frequently!