"Mentor" vs. "Mentee"
Let's get some basic definitions out of the way.
A mentoring relationship contains two main elements: the mentor and the mentee.
A mentor is a volunteer with general life experience and competency, willing to take on the responsibilities associated with mentoring someone; this can include coaching, providing advice, helping with extracurricular activities, and other consistent support. A mentor is not a friend, parent, cousin, or sibling to the mentee; a mentor's role should be strictly defined through the mentoring program with which you are pursuing a relationship, or through EEPM's Guide.
A mentee is the youth being mentored - or, in the case of peer mentoring - the youth being guided and supported by the mentor.
Preparing for a New Mentoring Relationship
A short, one-pager full of tips for prospective youth mentees from youth mentees.
A YouthBuild resource for finding and maintaining a successful mentoring relationship.
Feel Like Watching videos?
Enjoy our selection of youth-led, youth-concentrated webinars.
Watch youth mentees provide their insights to mentoring practitioners and mentors on making sure that young voices are not only represented, but uplifted.
The Black Youth Town Hall, hosted by Mentoring Action Network and MENTOR, to hold space for young black voices.
This webinar provides strategies and suggestions to give Black girls a voice, how to be an ally, and will give you the chance to hear what young women have to say about the issues impacting them the most.
This webinar highlights the importance of empowering LGBTQ youth to achieve their full potential—despite the obstacles often put before them—to make a significant impact on society. Co-hosted by Torie Weiston-Serdan.
Looking for a Mentor?
Mentoring Map in-progress!
Are you looking for a mentor, or a way to get involved in a mentoring project near you? We want to help! Stay tuned for our Mentoring Map, an interactive map that will help you locate mentoring organizations near you.
Here, you'll find a collection of resources on best practices for youth mentoring programs including MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, and six supplements on various speciality models and populations.
Youth Mentoring Collaborative is proud to share vetted resources for individuals looking to improve their mentoring skills. You can explore this library for a wide range of resources including training modules, guides, and toolkits.
When parents, guardians, and other caregivers work in harmony with mentors and program staff, it’s more likely that mentored youth will experience positive outcomes from the mentoring relationship.