YOUTH MENTORSHIP 101
SETBACKS OF MENTORSHIP
One of the major setbacks in mentorship are the mentor and mentee not being a great fit. A mentoring failure can result in the end of mentoring relationships and emotional stress for the mentor and for the mentee it could mean a loss of interest in the program. There is not a “one size fits all” solution and both the mentor and mentee have to be willing to make it work for them. Mentee factors that could cause mentorship failure are not being open to feedback, unwillingness to make the relationship work, and lack of motivation to learn. For the mentor these factors include lack of knowledge, skills and experience as well as not taking into regard the mentee’s issues and feelings. Failure of the mentorship can be determined by the lack of progress being made and non productive sessions. To prevent failure in the program, the mentor should ensure that expectations of the mentee are
plainly stated from the beginning. The mentor should also be aware of the needs and requirements of the mentee and if they are unable to fulfill those requirements the program leader should be notified so that the mentee is paired with someone else.