Be trustworthy

Be aware of your responsibilities: Live up to your commitments for meeting frequency and match duration, as stipulated by the program. This type of consistency and reliability has been associated with more positive outcomes for youth participants

  • Don’t give up early: Unfortunately, as many as half of volunteer mentoring relationships end prematurely, most often at the request of the volunteer.[3]Early terminations can lead to decrements in youth functioning.[4]
  • If you are terminating the relationship, be sure to say goodbye. Mentors sometimes aren’t aware of the meaning that the relationship may hold, even when the relationship has been of a short duration, as children and adolescents sometimes struggle to articulate to adults how important they are to them.[5]