Keeping Relationships Strong: Best Practices for Mentoring and Youth Serving Organizations

Mass Mentoring Partnership understands that you are working to respond to the needs of your mentoring community. Below are some resources that will help mentoring programs support mentors, young people and others during quarantine and in the next phases of social distancing.

MATCH SUPPORT / SUPPORTING YOUTH ADULT RELATIONSHIPS 

During this time, it's important to support mentors, mentees, and caregivers in staying connected and check in on how they are managing through the crisis. Please find MMP's resource guide here on providing match support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

VIRTUAL MATCH ACTIVITIES

Staying connected and keeping distance - these two things do not have to be mutually exclusive. There are ways for mentors and mentees to stay connected, participate in conversations and activities that keep a relationship alive and vibrant. In fact, there are ways to continue to foster young people's growth and development and even build and foster the care and support mentors have been able to offer while matched. 

Here is the list of the various virtual match activities for matches to do together. This list will continue to grow as new opportunities arise. If you would like to add to this list, please send us your ideas here.

CLOSURE

With programs having to decide whether to end their program early to navigate a new virtual mentoring world, it is especially important to have a plan for closure. During this time when young people are experiencing many unknowns helping mentors and mentees to positively end their mentoring time, even from a distance is very important. Youth serving programs also need to think about endings and how to say goodbye and put closures to the activities and work that had been happening. ​Please find MMP's resource guide on virtual closure here.

FAMILY/CAREGIVER ENGAGEMENT

Families and caregivers are important to mentoring relationships and right now may be key to keeping mentoring relationships going and able to offer some insight into the needs of young people. This is an important time to reach and connect to family and caregivers. Please see MMP's Virtual Family Engagement Resource Guide here and access resources below.

TALKING ABOUT YOUTH ABOUT COVID-19