A year later, the mentoring coordinators continue to utilize Mentoring Central training in conjunction with their face-t0-face training. Mentoring Central’s user-friendly interface, interactive lessons, and modern research made it a hit for both WYN and its mentors.
Maiden enthused, “It’s been amazing to see that the science matches up….I knew that it wasn’t just fluff, but it was real. It’s not just a good fuzzy feeling.”
Mentors like the convenience and accessibility of the new training, particularly the fact that they can take it at their own pace. And, once they’ve completed the courses, many choose to print their certificate of completion as a permanent reminder of their mentoring education.
The WYN team loves that mentors connect with the program, and the coordinators even use it themselves. They’ve filled binders with Mentoring Central’s “Tip Sheets,” which serve as a ready resource of techniques and strategies to advise when mentors face obstacles with their mentees. Most importantly, the Mentoring
Central training have let WYN focus on the core of their mission: providing children in need with supportive and compassionate role models who make them feel safe, nurtured, and challenged to become the best version of themselves.
A year ago, soon after WYN incorporated the new programs, Sabena Maiden met a man from Avery County who wanted to become a mentor. He was passionate about helping others avoid some of the speedbumps that he’d overcome in his own past. But, he was nervous. He wasn’t a parent himself and he didn’t have much experience working with youth. “Sometimes we have mentors that need an extra boost,” Maiden explained, “I do feel good that we had those resources available to him…He felt ready to go.” While he completed the Mentoring Central training courses, Maiden found him the perfect match: a high school-age teen on the brink of a long engagement with juvenile detention. Fast-forward to the present, and detention is a distant memory. The young teen’s life has been totally turned around by the relationship with his mentor.