Behavior change mentoring offers a profound level of support, guidance and encouragement to making change without being judgmental. A mentor enables change by focusing on a person's stated needs, values, visions and goals and helps them to bring out their personal best.
How does it work?
Through thoughtful assessment and inquiry, collaborative problem-solving, goal-setting, and with safe, open, and honest dialogue, mentors help mentees become clearer on where they are, where they want to go, and how to get there.
Not only will mentees be accountable to themselves they will also be accountable to their mentors. They make and honor their commitments to reaching their goals allowing them to accomplish more than they believe possible.
Behavior change mentoring process provide instruction and mentoring to their young adults, and help them set goals, define an action plan, and navigate the path until they reach their goals. Mentors facilitate learning and help mentees put that learning into action.
The mentoring process
- Mentees provide background information through a comprehensive questionnaire so that their mentors are well-informed on the key issues.
- During the first meeting, mentors and mentees commit to a periodic mentoring relationship. Mentees confirm that they are ready to make changes. Priorities and realistic goals are reviewed and agreed upon in details.
- In each subsequent mentoring meeting, mentors and mentees review the progress towards the overall goals, learn something new or develop a solution to overcome an obstacle, and then agree on a set of goals for the following week.
- After a few weeks of metoring, mentees begin to notice improvements in how they feel and look, and their motivation to continue the change process increases.
- Sometimes mentees may hit one or more obstacles. Both mentor and mentee work hard to find solutions to overcome each obstacle to reach the goal of establishing new lifestyle behaviors.
- By the end of three months, mentees typically reach more than 70% of their three-month goals and are energized and confident to commit to changing new areas.