Even coaches need coaches. Intentional Mentoring involves all mentors in continuous coaching, both peer to peer and facilitator to mentor, so that there is ongoing support and a sense of community for each mentoring relationship at every level of the organization.
Intentional Mentoring was built with the Madison community in mind. This allows the program to eﬀectively create the time and space for school, home, and community members to come together in support of each mentee. With this multi-level support system, mentees gain the conﬁdence and skills required to overcome adversity and reach their potential.
The matching process plays an important function in the success of any mentoring relationship. Intentional Mentoring maintains a human matching coordinator who connects mentors and mentees who share similar interests and values. This ensures that the mentor-mentee relationship is supported by a ﬁrm foundation and provides the space for learning and growth.
Becoming a mentor all begins with the click of a button. Once a potential mentor completes the application, the pairing coordinator gets in touch to schedule an informal interview. After the informal interview is complete and the reference and background checks are being cleared, the mentor works with their mentor coach to complete some initial training. When everything is processed and a match is found, the pairing coordinator reconnects to set-up a pairing meeting with the student, family, mentor and coordinator. Following that pairing meeting, the mentor begins to meet with the student and continues check-ins with their coach!
“I’m thankful to be making an impact in a young person’s life, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. It has been rewarding being able to guide my mentee by doing leadership activities, helping with homework or getting out in the community.”
Jared Retzlaff (Mentor)