ERIC Number: EJ1061300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Reference Count: 9
Community Mentoring: A Tool for Successful Communities
Dodge, Kathryn E.
Journal of Extension, v53 n1 Article 1IAW2 Feb 2015
Mentoring occurs in an ad hoc and largely invisible manner in communities. This mentoring happens through modeling, storytelling, and asking open-ended questions. If Extension specialists and agents were more conscious and intentional about teaching community members and leaders about community mentoring, they would be more successful in resolving community problems and creating prosperous communities with strong economies. This article describes the findings of a class--led by the author--which explored mentoring, including mentoring in the community. The class concluded that community mentoring is most successful when the mentor: (1) Is respected in the community; (2) Treats the mentee with respect; and (3) Respects the mentee's decisions. The following behaviors were observed: (1) Modeling behavior for mentees; (2) Telling relevant stories; and (3) Asking questions that help the mentee reflect and draw their own conclusions.
Descriptors: Mentors, Community Programs, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Course Descriptions, Modeling (Psychology), Questioning Techniques, Story Telling, Community Education
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