MENTOR GUIDELINES

Below are the guidelines and general expectations for our mentors. We hope these guidelines assist you in creating and facilitating a safe space for your mentees. (Scroll down to find the mentee guidelines). 


General Guidelines and Expectations

  • Be respectful at all times. 

  • Observe the Chatham House Rules (do not share any confidential information from your meetings with mentors without explicit consent).

  • Suspend your judgment and prejudices throughout the mentoring relationship. 

  • Practice active listening and empathetic dialogue.

  • Work as a facilitator rather than someone with all the answers, and encourage your mentee to take responsibility for their own learning and development.

  • Give constructive, actionable feedback. 

  • Make time for the meetings and any preparation beforehand.

  • Encourage, inspire, and challenge your mentee to achieve his or her goals

  • Be willing and open to sharing your own work experiences, skills and networks.

  • Once in a defined mentor/mentee relationship we expect you and your mentee to meet once a month. With regards to other youth (who may not be your primary mentee) who reach out to you for quick advice, we expect you to reply to their inquiries within a reasonable time.

  • We expect our mentors to commit themselves to a full year of the program to create a holistic experience for our mentees. 

  • We also expect our mentors to let us know if there are any problems that arise

 

We hope these guidelines will be a framework to create a therapeutic and trusting relationship between our mentors and mentees.  Please let us know if you reach capacity so we can indicate on the website that you are no longer available at this time.

MENTEE GUIDELINES

Below we have attached the guidelines we expect all of our participants to abide by. We hope these guidelines assist our mentees in understanding their role in this relationship. 


General Guidelines and Expectations
 

  • Be respectful at all times. 

  • Observe the Chatham House Rules (do not share any confidential information from your meetings with mentors without explicit consent)

  • Be ready and committed to adopt and implement feedback, recommended changes, and support received into your life/academic/work

  • Be open and welcoming to receiving feedback and honest advice

  • Connect with your mentor regularly (ideally a minimum of once a month).

  • Make time for the meetings and any preparation beforehand.

  • Do not contact more than 3 mentors on the list. Read all of their bios, and carefully select the three who are most aligned with your interests and goals.

 

Email Etiquette

 

  • When first reaching out to a potential mentor, please include Somaali Mentorship Program in the subject line.

  • Introduce yourself and the reasons you would like to be mentored by that particular person. Remember to alway keep your emails succinct and professional.

  • Make sure to reply to emails within 72 hours and to let your mentor know if you cannot make a scheduled meeting well in advance, or if you are no longer interested in their mentorship.