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"As a mentor, I feel that I have received more than I have given...the goal of a mentor might be to help families find resources to further their education, get out of debt, and plan for the future, but one soon realizes that it is the social and emotional support that is most essential.  Being a mentor has taught me patience, compassion, and perseverance.  It has changed my definition of success and increased my gratitude toward family, friends and God."

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Mentor Training Class Agenda

Mentor Training Agenda

Location:
DuPage African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
4300 Yackley Ave.
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 969-9800
www.dupageamec.org

Saturday, September 27 
8:45 - 9:00 AM SIGN IN / Coffee
9:00 - 9:40 AM Welcome
  • Greeting
  • Housekeeping
  • Review of day’s proceedings
  • How to use training manuals/client packet information
  • Introduction to Bridge staff
  • Confidentiality
  • Poverty, wages and employment analysis in DuPage County
9:40 - 10:30 AM

Bridge Service Team

  • Role of Employment Services
  • Intake, Interview and Referral Process
10:30 - 10:45 AM BREAK
10:45 - 11:35 AM Bridge Service Team, continued
  • Role of Case Manager, Contracts/First Steps
  • Role of Children's Services
  • Role of Education Services
11:35 - 11:55 AM Mentor Role and Expectations about Mentoring
  • Role of Mentor
  • Discuss what expectations new mentors might have about mentoring
11:55 AM - 12:40 PM

LUNCH

12:40 - 1:25 PM Mentor Panel
1:25 - 1:45 PM Listening and Communication Skill Development
1:45 - 2:15 PM Goal Setting
2:15 - 2:45 PM Group Assignment /Activity
2:25 - 3:20 PM Group Sharing
3:20 - 3:30 PM

Wrap Up /Distribute Evaluation for Week One / Overview of Next Week

  • Overview of next training date
  • Homework Assignment

Saturday, October 11

8:45 - 9:00 AM SIGN IN / Coffee
9:00 - 9:05 AM Welcome
  • Greeting
  • Housekeeping
  • Review of day’s proceedings
  • Reading--"Why Are We Here"
  • Mentor University announcements
9:05 - 9:45 AM Client Issues - How to Help
9:45 - 10:45 AM Money Management
  • Homework Assignment from Week One
  • Budgeting
  • Strategies of what to do when there is not enough money
10:45 - 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 - 11:55 AM

Client Panel

11:55 AM - 12:40 PM LUNCH (provided on-site by Bridge)
12:40 - 1:25 PM Understanding Credit and Credit Reports
1:25 - 1:35 PM BREAK
1:35 - 2:15 PM Debt Repayment Strategies
2:15 - 2:35 PM Housing Options for Families Leaving Transitional Housing
2:35 - 2:55 PM Bridge History and Mentor's Journey
2:55 - 3:25 PM Distribute Evaluation for Week Two, Wrap Up, Closing Ceremony

Register online for Mentor Training.  If you have additional questions, please email yesenia.sanchez@bridgecommunities.org.