There are many ways mentors can sustain effective mentoring relationships, including:
â€¢ Maintain a steady presence in the menteeâ€™s life. That means showing up for scheduled meetings or, when that is not possible, telling the mentee in advance, in order to avoid any disappointment. A phone call, e-mail or fax can help when a face-to-face meeting isnâ€™t possible.
â€¢ Focus on the menteeâ€™s needsâ€“â€“not the mentorâ€™s own wants and needs. Mentors should look to improve the menteeâ€™s prospects while respecting the young personâ€™s life circumstances and perspective. This includes not trying to transform the mentee or impose the mentorâ€™s own values on the mentee.
â€¢ Pay attention to the menteeâ€™s need for fun.