Appreciating Mentors

It is vital to ensure mentors feel appreciated, and that their personal motivations are being met when volunteering.

On this page you will find:

  • Documents to guide your policy on mentor appreciation.
  • Tips providing a wide range of ideas to support mentors.
  • A detailed resource covering how to meet mentor expectation.



Recognition of Mentors

This example policy document comes from the suite of materials created for the VYMA Quality Assurance Project. All policies are based on a fictional youth mentoring program (‘GenYZ Mentoring’). Please treat these as a starting point for your policy and adapt and change them to reflect your own program’s requirements and design.

This document covers how to recognise and acknowledge the contribution volunteer mentors make to the program and their community, including: feedback and participation in decision making.

Policy and Procedure - Recognition of Mentors (Word, 53Kb)


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Innovative ideas to support mentors

These tips cover how to ensure mentors are supported. Examples include: coffee clubs/mentor meetings, one-on-one catch-ups and celebratory events.

Tips - Innovative ideas to support mentors (PDF, 125Kb)



What Mentors Want

This comprehensive guide covers many aspects of how to support mentors, including: providing clear expectations, on-on-one support, professional development and access to extra events and activities.

Resource - What Mentors Want (PDF, 525Kb)



The following checklist is a useful guide to help assess whether you have covered all your bases.

This list is from an established set, originally printed in ‘A Guide to Effective Practice for Mentoring Young People’, 2007, Office for Youth, Department of Planning & Community Development’

Acknowledging and Supporting Contributions

Acknowledging and supporting the contributions of mentors and mentees maintains morale and engagement. Examples include implementing peer support groups, social gatherings or annual recognition events.

Quality Practice Checklists - Acknowledging and Supporting Contributions (PDF, 54Kb)


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