Stella and me went to Kitchener-Waterloo to deliver training on The Mentoring Partnership to the mentoring project there which is being delivered by the KW YMCA and WRIEN. With us were Marilena Benak from YMCA and Helen Chen from WRIEN.
In the first part of the training Stella showed them how we conduct our program, the way we recruit mentors and how we assess them and the mentees. We went through the different forms and procedures that we have developed. They had many questions and although they do some of the things differently, they realized why we do things the way we do, and why some things had worked and others hadn’t. Some of what we do is because we have many more partners, but much of the stuff they thought really useful.
Then we went for lunch. To a nice family restaurant. We all had schnitzel! And it was very good. I was the only one who finished the whole thing. Take that, you skinny girls!
The second part of the session was on the matching application that we use. We went through how to add a new mentor or mentee, how to manage them, how to create new pairs, and some of the situations they might encounter when matching. They didn’t have too many questions right now, but I’m sure most will come when they start using it. We told them about the Coaches Corner and how they will be able to ask questions, download forms and share their own experience there.