Like many mentoring organizations, Eyes Wide Open Mentoring (EWOM) was committed to running a high quality, high impact mentoring program for its youth, but as a new organization it had limited funding and staff. EWOM offers an intensive program of training, supervision, and guidance that enables volunteer mentors to build the kind of successful, long-term relationships with their mentees that are necessary to create transformational change. Their mentors receive specialized training on topics such as cultural sensitivity, child and adolescent development, trauma-informed care, and self-care practices.
However, the organization wanted to ensure that its mentors were well-prepared prior to being matched with their mentees. EWOM did not want to require additional in-person time of its mentors outside of the four-hour in-person training that it conducted.