Ellen Esher describes the five fundamentals of a formal mentoring program, including pre-program needs assessment and infrastructure and support checkling. Learn how to best use the essenetials to develop or enhance a program.
- I'm gonna walk you through the overall structure…of formal mentoring programs using the metaphor…of going on a trip.…Growing up in Fresno, California,…a big trip for me was visiting fig orchards in Visalia.…However, when I got to college,…I studied abroad and fell in love with traveling.…Fast forward to now and I've traveled to 60 countries,…and am a big fan of itineraries and packing lists.…So, think about your formal mentoring program…like taking a journey, and creating the overall structure…is like planning your itinerary and packing list.…
There are five steps to consider…for your mentoring program design itinerary.…The first step is conduct a pre-program needs assessment.…Returning to our metaphor, when you go on a trip,…you often start with the general notion…of where you want to go, but then you do some research,…and think about what you are trying to accomplish.…The same idea applies to mentoring program development.…The big idea here is to gather data from…your various stakeholders.…Figure out what are the major goals…
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- The benefits of formal mentoring programs
- The types and purpose of mentoring programs
- Designing a framework and a needs assessment
- Creating a mentoring culture
- Ensuring organizational support
- Choosing participants
- Training essentials for mentors
- Concluding and celebrating your program
- Evaluating your program
- Making your mentoring program last