Building Community from the Inside Out

Mentoring 

The Ingredients for Successful Mentoring
In selecting Garden Pathways Comprehensive Mentoring Services as a “promising practice,” The University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture noted, “Bakersfield’s Family to Family mentoring provides a good model for leveraging California’s faith community’s capacity to recruit and to train mentors for CalWORKs participants. The training materials are the best we have seen. The training and oversight structures are exemplary.” 

Many organizations attempt mentoring programs but often have a success rate that falls below 25 percent. That means that for every four mentors recruited, only one is able to develop a successful relationship that has the desired impact. Because three out of four volunteers have a “negative” experience, many do not try mentoring a second time and this workforce is lost. Because mentoring is perhaps the critical effort that will make a permanent difference in the lives of people, it deserves the very best program design, curriculum, and training that is available. Garden Pathways provides the very best in these areas.

What Do Successful Mentors Need?
  • Expert training that prepares them to meet the participant in a 50/50 relationshipboth mentor and participant ready to contribute.
  • Structure and curriculum that allows the mentor to provide quality content.
  • Ongoing support to solve problems quickly before they end the mentoring relationship.
  • A match with an appropriate participant who has been oriented as to what will be expected of him/her.
  • Goals and direction that give the participant the full advantage of reaching for his/her dreams with the experience and support of a mentor.
What is Offered by Comprehensive Mentoring Services?
  • Expert training that prepares them to meet the participant in a 50/50 relationshipboth mentor and participant ready to contribute.
  • Structure and curriculum that allows the mentor to provide quality content.
  • Ongoing support to solve problems quickly before they end the mentoring relationship.
  • A match with an appropriate participant who has been oriented as to what will be expected of him/her.
  • Goals and direction that give the participant the full advantage of reaching for his/her dreams with the experience and support of a mentor.

 Mentoring Training
Mentoring training will prepare volunteers to be effective mentors. Items covered include avoiding dependency, how to build a partnership with needy families that will encourage their achievement of goals, the use of community resources and curriculum, and how to understand the culture and world view of families struggling with poverty. In addition, the volunteer will examine his/her own personality to understand effective mentoring methods.


Faith-Based Mentoring Training 
An orientation to effective mentoring is provided so that it resonates with the unique worldview and language of the faith community. The appropriate expression of personal values in the context of Charitable Choice approach to community service allows the mentor to serve those participants who wish to receive mentoring from a member of the faith community. The mentor is taught how to include the participant in their healthy social network and to build an effective partnership.