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Post Event Mentoring Research Paper

Following your weekend at GIRLS Academy, your chapter will engage in a post-event mentoring program with the middle school girls who attended the program. Within one year following GIRLS Academy, your chapter will hold at least two events to further build upon the mentoring relationship established at GIRLS Academy. At least one of these events should take place within the same semester as GIRLS Academy, and at least one event should take place the following semester. It is up to your chapter’s discretion which post-event mentoring activities you choose to do.

When choosing an activity, be sure to take into account your chapter’s budget, schedule, and space. The suggested activities have a range of costs and necessary supplies to ensure that every chapter will be able to engage in the activities to their full potential. For each activity, it is required of you to include school administrators, parents, and your chapter members in the planning process. The involvement of these parties is crucial to the event’s success and safety. You are also required to have the middle school participants fill out both Kappa’s photo release form and waiver of liability. Before and after each activity, both the middle school girls and chapter women should complete an evaluation of the activity.

Doing so allows Kappa Kappa Gamma to determine the effectiveness of the post-event mentoring program. Additionally, the chapter women should complete an overall program evaluation at the completion of the post-event mentoring program to provide feedback on their experiences. This page is just an overview of the post-event mentoring program, while the following pages include detailed information on how to be a good mentor and how to implement the post-event mentoring program, as well as a variety of activities to choose from.

HOW TO BE A GOOD MENTOR FOLLOWING GIRLS ACADEMY

1. Demonstrate a positive attitude.

During and after GIRLS Academy, be sure to foster relationships by being a positive role model. She will learn a lot from hearing about your experiences and how you’ve reacted to situations in the past, but it is also important to model positive qualities throughout your time with her.

2. Be interested in her as an individual.

Get to know her as well as you can. What are her interests? What are her goals? You can’t be an effective mentor if you know nothing about her. Understanding her world will help you guide her in ways that will work for her. Remember you are building a relationship.

3. Be willing to share about your own experiences.

If she asks about your life, be willing to share. Sharing what you like to do and the people and things that are important in your life can be a great way to find commonalities. However, be careful not to shift the focus from her to you. It is important to spend the majority of your time listening and encouraging her than it is to talk about yourself. Please be aware that while it is tempting to empathize with her about issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, bullying or suicide, talking about your own personal issues with these topics may blur boundaries and inadvertently endorse such behaviors.

4. Be yourself.

If you are honest as an individual, your mentoring relationship will be stronger and more meaningful. She will respect you and your relationship more if she knows it’s real.

5. Respect her and the relationship you’re building.

Understand that your relationship works both ways, as you both learn from each other. Respect her feelings, ideas, and time, and take the relationship seriously. The relationship will be more meaningful if you do so, as you will each get more out of it through mutual respect.

6. Provide encouragement.

Support her as she explores her interests and shares ideas with you. Give her confidence that she can reach her goals and that you believe in her.

7. Be a good listener.

Listening is the key to a successful mentoring relationship. Let her tell you about her life and show her that you are interested in hearing about it. Listen and act as a sounding board for her thoughts and ideas.

8. Provide helpful feedback.

If she asks for your advice about an issue, offer a fresh perspective, but be sure not to criticize her. Give feedback and advice that is supportive and will move her forward as she works through an issue. Encourage her to explore alternative routes as well – empowering her to work through her own solutions will give her greater confidence about her own judgement.

9. Celebrate achievements.

Acknowledge her successes and encourage her to continue to reach her goals.

10. Have fun!

At the end of the day, make sure your mentoring relationship is a fun and engaging experience for both of you. Be sure to have fun, leave a positive impact, and have a memorable experience!

HOW TO PLAN MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES WITH LIMITED TIME…

1. Find pockets of time that work for both parties. Does after school work best? Are the weekends better?

2. Schedule early! Pick times and dates as early as possible.

3. Be flexible. If other parts of your schedule can be moved, rearranging them might make it easier to schedule mentoring activities.

4. Look at the activities beforehand and plan them out. Knowing how much time each activity will take can help you save time and engage in activities that fit your schedule better.

5. Instead of trying to plan one mentoring activity that may take hours, plan smaller activities and spread them out. For example, don’t try to pack all of your activities into a 5-hour period. Instead, plan one-hour activities that occur once a week.

…and Resources…

1. Choose simple, lost-cost or free activity options (included).

2. Use supplies you already have or could borrow.

…and still make it meaningful

Mentoring activities don’t need to be expensive to be meaningful. Low-cost options allow you to have fun with the girls instead of focusing on the price of an activity or stressing about finding supplies. In order to make your mentoring experience significant, it’s important to recognize that it’s more about the relationship you are developing than the activity you are doing. Putting effort into the experience will make it meaningful, regardless of the activity you choose.

GIRLS ACADEMY MENTORING ACTIVITIES

1. Campus Tour

Overview: Invite your middle school mentees to your campus and have the chapter women tour them around the university. The women could talk about what they are majoring in, their career goals, what it’s like to be a student at your school, the experience they have gotten from your school, etc. If the chapter is housed, end at the house for pizza or refreshments, and take a tour of the house. If unhoused, perhaps end at a reserved room on campus for questions and talking.

Cost: Campus and house tour – no; pizza or refreshments – yes

Logistical Considerations:

Set-up: Be sure to plan a route for the campus tour and the information you will tell the girls at each of your stops. If you will provide pizza or refreshments, order ahead (and don’t forget silverware, plates, and napkins).

Suggested amount of time: 1.5 hours

Timeline: 1 hour for tour, 30 minutes for “down time” and questions

Group size: Chapter members and middle school girls who are participating can tour campus in a large group. For “down time” and discussion, break into smaller groups (6-8 people) or engage one-on-one.

Suggested Number of Meetings for Activity: 1

Activity Goals: After talking about your experience and future, help the girls set career goals and aspirations. Ask questions about what they would like to do for a career, how they view college, etc. Help inspire them to achieve their dreams and aspirations!

Campus/Community Resources: Contact your university’s admissions counselors to see if any of them would be available and willing to talk to the group. They can talk about their experience working at the school, the admissions process, etc.

Other Considerations: Be mindful of the weather – plan your campus tour around rain and snow. Invite parents and school administrators to join in on this activity (and continue the conversation about education and college.)

2. After School Hang-Out Time

Overview: The chapter women visit the girls’ middle school during the after-school hours to help with homework and/or play games with participants after the school day is over.

Cost: No

Logistical Considerations:

Set-up: To set up a date and time for this activity, be sure to involve the school administrators in the planning process. Work together to plan the activity to ensure the middle school girls will have a good time.

Suggested amount of time: 1.5 hours

Timeline: Depending on what the chapter women have decided to do, split the time as best you can. If the women are helping with homework and playing games, do 45 minutes of each activity. If the women are only helping with homework, take small breaks (approximately every 20-25 minutes) to chat before going back to the assignment.

Group size: Homework help should be given one-on-one, while games could be played in either small groups or a large group.

Suggested Number of Meetings for Activity: This activity has the potential to be recurring. Perhaps your chapter goes once a month and hangs out with the girls after school. The number of meetings for this activity is flexible and depends upon the chapter’s interests.

Activity Goals: By helping your mentee with her homework assignments, you will hopefully be able to better understand her personal strengths and interests. Showing her that you are interested in her education will also motivate her to continue to work hard. Additionally, both you and your mentee will be improving your communication skills as you interact and collaborate on her assignments and during the games.

 

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