Mentor Chat Podcast Season 5

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Welcome to Mentor Chat Season 5!  Do you ever wonder how you can be a better mentor or caring adult to young people? Join Ashley and Sophia this season to talk about the Becoming a Better Mentor Guide: Strategies to Be There for Young People! You'll hear from special guests, learn real-life tips, and more!  Episodes are released every other week and you can check them out below or search "Mentor Chat" on all major podcast listening platforms.


S5: E1 Welcome to Season 5

What can I do to be a better mentor? In Season 5, Ashley and Sophia invite guests from local organizations and affiliate partners to discuss MENTOR’s Becoming a Better Mentor Guide: Strategies to Be There for Young People. This guide is a free resource written by experts, and it benefits any adult looking to support young people and is full of real-world advice and tangible, evidence-based strategies. If you’re looking to be a better mentor and strengthen your relationships with the young people in your life, look no further. Season 5 is just for you!   

Additional Resources:  

MENTOR’s Becoming a Better Mentor Guide

Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework 


S5: E2 Making Room for Fun & Play with Kelly Rottmund, Teen Services Coordinator at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh  

What’s more fun than talking about…well…fun! At the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, staff know how important fun and play is when creating welcoming spaces and building relationships with young people. In this episode, we talk with Kelly Rottmund about all the work and intention that’s happening behind the scenes to make sure that the library is a place where young people feel valued and have a good time!   Chapter 3: Making Room for Fun & Play by Michael Karcher of the University of Texas-San Antonio discusses how, by centering joyful experiences, mentors can develop stronger and more meaningful connections with mentees.   

Additional Resources:  

MENTOR’s Becoming a Better Mentor Guide 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 


S5: E3 Practicing Cultural Humility with Jenni Walkup Jayes, Mentorship Program Manager at Hello Neighbor 

Hello Neighbor in Pittsburgh works hard to foster a welcoming and supportive community to our newest neighbors. In this discussion with Jenni Walkup Jayes, we discuss the important role that cultural humility plays in making this happen. It’s not always easy! But making an effort to self-reflect as well as learn about the young people in your life is essential in building a trusting relationship where youth feel seen, heard, and safe.  Chapter 2: Practicing Cultural Humility by Bernadette Sanchez of the University of Illinois-Chicago discusses how it is essential to engage in continuous self-reflection as a mentor and the importance of making opportunities to learn about your mentee’s identity and cultural experiences.   

Additional Resources:  

Hello Neighbor 

MENTOR’s Becoming a Better Mentor Guide


S5: E4 Facilitating Group Interactions with Kristy DeCola, Training Coordinator at KEYS Services Corps 
When you’re working with a group of young people, how do you make sure that everyone feels seen and heard? Mentoring isn’t always one-to-one with a young person and how you approach connection and relationship building can look different in a group. In this episode, we talk with Kristy DeCola about how to facilitate mentoring relationships with groups of young people.  
 
Chapter 6: Facilitating Group Interactions by Gabriel Kuperminc of Georgia State University discusses how to build a strong sense of belonging and create community when mentoring within groups of young people.  
 
Additional Resources:  

KEYS Service Corps
MENTOR’s Becoming a Better Mentor Guide  


S5: E5 Honoring Youth Voice & Building Power with Adelaide Moschler, Manager of Learning & Development at MENTOR Independence Region 

What does it mean to honor youth voice? How do we share power with young people and allow them agency in mentoring relationships? In this episode, we talk withAdelaide Moschlerand start at the very beginning with what youth voice is and what it means. Listening to young people can help you build stronger relationships with the young people you know and creates connections based on mutual trust and respect. Listen in to learn valuable strategies to help you honor the voices of the young people in your life!   Chapter 8: Honoring Youth Voice & Building Power by Elizabeth Santiago & Minnie Chen of MENTOR discusses how, in order to elevate youth voice, adults must learn to listen critically and step back to share power with young people.  

Additional Resources:  

MENTOR Independence Region 

MENTOR’s Becoming a Better Mentor Guide