Almost anyone can serve as a mentor, but mentoring is not for everyone – it takes an investment of time, a commitment to help others and a lot of patience. There are no specific qualifications for mentors. However, there are definitely characteristics that help mentors succeed, and not everyone possesses these skills.Successful mentors are people who:
- Are comfortable providing honest, constructive criticism
- Have good listening skills and listen in order to understand, not reply
- Have a positive, upbeat and caring attitude
- Have the ability to motivate the mentee
- Have a good sense of humor with the ability to take situations seriously but be able to laugh at themselves
Mentor tips adapted from Wing to Wing (http://www.wing2wingproject.com/mentoring.php)
Register for an Introduction to Mentoring training to learn more!
The Mentor Training course is a comprehensive and interactive two-hour training class that prepares volunteers for the mentoring experience by giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to be successful during their time spent with their mentee. Our goal is for all mentors to have an enjoyable and rewarding experience both as a volunteer and a mentor.
Mentor training classes are typically held at the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, and provided by the Commission’s Training Specialists. Volunteers who are interested in becoming mentors will be required to undergo a thorough background screening, utilizing Live-Scan fingerprinting, prior to being matched with a child.
In order to sign up for a class, you need to select an agency and contact them about your interest. They will give you a special code to register for the training.