Training for Mentors

Training matters.  Research has found that good preparation and strong pre-match training creates more effective and fulfilling mentoring relationships that last.  Below is a listing of the standard trainings for mentors currently offered by The Mentoring Partnership.  You may also learn more about each training within this document.  

You can also check out our Mentor Handbook for best practices and mentoring resources right at your fingertips.

Our trainers can come to your organization to train a group of over 10 participants.  If you would like to schedule one of these trainings, just complete this form and email to

Mentoring 101: What Every Mentor Should Know

This interactive training program provides participants with an introduction to mentoring and what to expect as a mentor. Topics like the "mentoring lifecycle," communication skills, establishing boundaries, and appreciating diversity will make it easier for mentors to navigate relationships with their mentees. This training is appropriate to introduce new volunteers to the field of mentoring and to refresh current mentors on best practices.

Deepening our Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring college students is a whole new ball game.  It requires mentors to reflect on themselves and how they interact with young adults by understanding their expectations for the relationship, examining their assumptions and bias and learning where their boundaries lie and how to communicate with them.

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Peer Mentor Training

The Peer Mentor training mirrors Mentoring 101, but is designed for young mentors participating in a peer mentoring program. The training is highly interactive is designed to keep young mentors engaged through experiential learning. Peer Mentor Handbooks are provided to participants of this training.

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The Poverty Spiral

Consistent, long-term mentoring relationships have been proven to contribute to positive outcomes for youth living in low-resource communities. Yet many mentors are ill-prepared to understand the situations of youth struggling with poverty. To address this gap, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA has developed The Poverty Spiral, a simulation in the form of a traditional board game that promotes understanding of the everyday challenges faced by individuals living in poverty. Workshop participants will take part in The Poverty Spiral simulation and learn how this training tool can help mentors and program staff bridge the poverty gap and support long-term, high impact mentoring relationships.

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Advanced Communication Lab

Work out your communication challenges in this interactive workshop where mentors explore and practice communication skills in a supportive environment. Try different communication strategies and feel both sides of a communication break down as you assume the role of the mentor OR the mentee in different scenarios based on attendee experiences.

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Understanding Challenging Behaviors

Youth who won’t talk. Kids who won’t sit still. Sullen, Disinterested. That’s what we see, but what does it mean? Challenging behaviors can be difficult for mentors to understand. Attending this workshop can help you stick it out through the difficult times with compassion and insight, as you learn how to be more effective.

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Establishing & Maintaining Boundaries

Boundaries are key to a healthy mentoring relationship. They ensure that expectations are reasonable and well understood, leading to a more effective relationship and helping to build trust between mentors and mentees. This training expands upon the establishing boundaries activity conducted in Mentoring 101, giving mentors the opportunity to learn about different types of boundaries, how and when to establish them, and to practice using boundaries in challenging scenarios.

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