In the December Mentor Training, we demonstrated the functions and features of the virtual mentoring platform. We also gave tips on how to overcome common technology obstacles. An encore presentation is scheduled for January 22nd (watch your inbox for the invitation) for anyone who missed it the first time, or who would simply like to see it again. As always, Mentor Directors are a “ready resource” for additional questions about virtual mentoring or to assist with practice on the platform.
For a step by step guide on how to access and use the platform, please review the written instructions your Mentor Director has provided. In addition, mentors can review the list of virtual mentoring activities we’ve put together and our tips for before, during and after virtual mentoring.
Whether in-person or virtual, the goal for Seedling remains the same: to give mentees a trusted friend they can depend on, to share their thoughts with, be themselves with, and to simply have fun. Despite the challenges 2020 has presented, mentors can remain a supportive and encouraging presence in their mentee’s life. As one Seedling mentor shared, “Seeing the smile on my mentee’s face and knowing that he looks forward to our weekly check-ins, reaffirms that mentoring virtually works and is valuable positive interaction that our mentees need during these challenging times.”