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Some mentors share that getting started can be the hardest part!  Here are some good things to keep in mind as you begin the process:

  • Set a good initial tone; be open & engaging
  • Identify and share what you are each looking to gain from the relationship (broad goals)
  • Challenge each other’s assumptions about the process
  • Build trust
  • Set clear expectations and ground rules
    • Discuss what happens if rules are not followed
    • How will you hold each other accountable?
    • Process (frequency/type of meetings)

Places to Meet:

Things to Do:

For more ideas or questions, contact your Civic Learning Coordinator.

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Do you have any great ways to get to know your mentee? We'd love to hear about it! Contact Ashley Stovall, Assistant Director for Civic Education, at stovalak@jmu.edu. Thanks!

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