ERIC Number: ED454460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Recruiting Mentors: A Guide to Finding Volunteers To Work with Youth. Technical Assistance Packet #3.
Recruiting mentors is a continuous challenge for most programs. A systematic recruitment plan, carefully developed and implemented, will increase a program's chances for success. Drawing from effective practices used by volunteer-based organizations and research findings about mentoring, the material in this document describes recruitment strategies that programs can adapt to meet their needs. Following a description of the strategies, an outline is provided on key steps in developing and implementing a mentor recruitment plan. Specific sections are devoted to approaches for recruiting from two large groups of potential mentors: college students and older adults. A checklist and worksheets are provided to guide planning. It suggests that a screening process be used to ensure that mentors are safe, suitable, and will follow up with their commitment. It also suggests taking time to evaluate each recruitment strategy. This will provide information on which strategies are effective and which do not yield results. The appendix lists several references and Web sites for additional information. (Contains 35 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, College Students, Higher Education, Human Services, Mentors, Older Adults, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Social Support Groups, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., 101 SW Main St., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 800-547-6339 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nwrel.org/mentoring; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Philadelphia, PA.; Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.; Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.