The following are answers to questions that we regularly encounter. Please feel free to get in touch if there is anything not covered in the information below.
Are there any payments to mentors for their time?
One Million Mentors is providing free of charge online training and support to prospective mentors. In return, we ask mentors to volunteer for free one hour a month and up to twelve months.
How long does the training take?
To become a One Million Mentor, you need to undertake level one mandatory training. This should take between 1 to 2 hours, and your progress is saved so you can complete the training at different times to suit you.
Level two and level three training are optional and can be completed at your leisure.
What if I am not selected for a mentor match opportunity?
If you do not get selected for a mentor match, please do not be discouraged. We are working with limited numbers of young people per organisation, so it may be that the important skills you have to offer can not be fully utilised by a young person in the organisation that you have chosen. Please go back to the mentor opportunities page and see if there are other organisations that are of interest to you.
If you have not been selected for a mentor match for over a month please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will directly help support you in securing a match.
What if my mentee and I do not ‘click’ on a personal level?
We recommend that you give the mentor relationship a try before determining that the match is not a good one. Often, people make a stronger connection as they get to know one another. If after further meetings you still feel the match is not working, then please contact your named mentor relationship manager for advice and new opportunities.
Where should my mentee and I meet?
At One Million Mentors, we recommend that you meet at your workplace, or at an educational institution. You may also choose to meet in a quiet public spot that is convenient to both of you, such as a coffee shop or library. Do not meet at one another’s homes. If you are unable to meet in person, a good idea is to use video conferencing such as Skype or Facetime.
What if my mentee makes a disclosure?
If the mentee discloses current child abuse, or is in danger of harming themselves or others, the mentor must disclose this to their mentor relationship manager. For more information on confidentiality in mentoring please take a look at this link.
How long is a typical mentoring relationship?
Extensive research shows that meeting regularly over a longer period of time leads to a more meaningful and productive mentor relationship. One Million Mentors encourages mentors to meet for one hour, once a month over a twelve month period. However some organisations offer shorter mentoring opportunities. It’s important to discuss the anticipated length with your mentee at the beginning of the relationship.
What should I do if I find a problem with the website?
If you experience any technical issues when using our website, please email us at email@example.com and we will fix it as quickly as possible.