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WORKPLACE MENTORING

 MENTORS  in workplaces teach and advise youth about doing the job right as well as how to act responsibly and how to participate in a work organization. Many adults are natural mentors. Many more could be equally effective with a modest amount of training and support. Views of Mentoring provides a definition and tools to elicit mentors' and youths' stories and reflections.

The Mentoring Youth at Work Study explored what expert workplace mentors teach and how they teach, and whether training could enable novice mentors to teach like experts. The Guide to Teaching and Learning summarizes the conceptual framework for the study and for the training. In a series of interviews, mentors and youth told us stories about their teaching and learning experiences. You may read these stories in What Youth Learn and How Mentors Teach. Stories are also used in most training activities. Story Group , Activity , and Guide icons are used on many pages to clearly distinguish document types.

The Training Tools that were tested and revised as part of this study are available here. These materials may be used and adapted for work-based learning programs by schools, non-profit organizations, and within for-profit companies if full credit is given. A credit statement should look something like: Reprinted/adapted with permission from the Cornell Youth and Work Program, www.human.cornell.edu/youthwork/. Anyone wishing to reproduce or adapt these materials for profit, please contact us.

Contents
Views of Mentoring   Introduction to fundamental concepts from the viewpoint of both mentors and youth.
Guide to Teaching and Learning   An outline of the "What Youth Learn" and "How Mentors Teach" sections.
What Youth Learn   Technical, Personal, and Social Competencies are explained in Stories, Training Activities, and Trainer Guides.
How Mentors Teach   Both "Universal" and "Challenging" Teaching Behaviors are described in Stories, Training Activities, and Trainer Guides.
Training Tools   Agendas, Evaluations, complete lists of Training Activities and Trainer Guides, and "zipped" bundles of documents in PDF format.

More than 80 percent of youth work at some time during their junior and senior years in high school. Workplace mentors in partnership with their employers and communities can transform youth jobs, as well as apprenticeships, internships, and service, into high-quality, work-based learning experiences that contribute to positive youth development.

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