Logistics and Matching

How are logistics for mentorship sessions determined?

Depending on answers to the above sections, the mentorship program might strongly suggest or even require meeting in specific spaces and at particular times (for instance, with a child mentee and an adult mentor, sessions may be formalized at the same time every week at the child’s school). Alternatively, however, mentors and mentees may determine meeting places, times, and frequency between them. Additionally, see TRAININGS AND EVENTS for formalized opportunities the mentorship program may provide. Program administrators should also address whether or not a financial stipend will be available, or a reimbursement structure exists for meeting costs.

How are mentors and mentees selected and matched?

The application should solicit information regarding what the prospective mentors and mentees are seeking in a mentorship relationship. For instance, if the program is professionally-oriented, an applicant may specify a particular academic and/or professional area that s/he would like to be matched on.

Once you have collected key pieces of information on the application (for instance, major, professional goals, hobbies/interests, etc.), you may have applicants rank these considerations in order of most important to least important in a match.

In addition to this “on paper” method of matching, some programs provide time for prospective mentors and mentees to meet in person – after all, matches on paper do not guarantee matches in conversational style or personal demeanor. When planning the logistics and programming for such an event, be sure to include the creation and distribution of feedback forms, so that you can take prospective mentors’ and mentees’ impressions of one another into account during the matching stage.