Mentor and Coordinator Training Day 2021!

Becoming a mentor or coordinator is an exciting opportunity to give back to students. Our volunteers are chosen on their passion for education, working with young people, and giving back, as well as their unique individual experiences. However, before stepping into the classroom, our mentors and coordinators need to be equipped with the right knowledge and tools to engage with students! To do this, Ignite Mentoring holds Mentor and Coordinator Training Days each semester. Keep on reading to find out about each day!

Mentor Training Day

Mentor Training Day is one of the biggest days of the year! It starts off with our coordinators greeting their mentors as they arrived. This is a great opportunity for the groups to get to know each other and allowed our coordinators to welcome new mentors to Ignite Mentoring.

Our 2021 training began with a welcome to all our mentors, where we discussed Ignite Mentoring’s purpose, mission, values, and what we do! The mentors got to hear about all the fun activities involved in being a mentor, including classes, excursions, socials, and our 10-year event.

Our mentors were then split between new mentors and returning! Our new mentors had the opportunity to discuss different challenges that may arise in their classes, and were given guidance on how to overcome these in a positive way! They were shown how to talk to students, run activities and help grow the confidence of students. Alternatively, the returning mentors were given the opportunity to improve their skills and discuss strategies for resolving issues in the classroom.

Mentor groups were then given some time to spend getting to know each other, asking their coordinators any questions, and participating in icebreakers with their group, including some Ignite Mentoring activities. This made our mentors more comfortable and prepared them for their first class!

The mentor groups then participated in a social Amazing Race to finish the day! The mentors got to participate in some of our program activities, including Knot A Problem, Rebus Puzzles, and No Hands Cup Stacking. Not only was this a great bonding opportunity for our mentor groups, but also allowed our new mentors to get to know some of the activities they would be facilitating in their classes during the semester.