Mentoring is not a new concept, often occurring spontaneously as informal relationships.
In recent years, as growing numbers of people have recognised the tremendous power of mentoring, more community organisations, businesses and governments are launching formal mentoring initiatives. Consequently, we have seen a growing need for skilled mentors and effective mentoring programs that adhere to sound management and operation practices in the not for profit community based sector.
Many not for profit community organisations may value the concept of mentoring, however building a successful mentoring program is challenging or near impossible. There are a myriad of components to establish and oversee, participate in and guide: the actual mentoring process; mentor recruitment and training; day-to-day operations; public relations efforts; budget allocations; evaluative data collection and tracking; and more. The simple fact is, mentoring programs are far more successful when they follow proven, effective mentoring practices and strategies.