Tools for Mentoring Adolescents

  • Description of Resource:

    These Tools for Mentoring Adolescents were developed by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Search Institute, to support and strengthen relationships between mentors and mentees. Ten downloadable tip sheets cover topics from “Developmental Characteristics of Younger and Older Adolescents” to “Setting Boundaries.” They can be used as part of a staff-led mentor training or as a supplemental resource to share with current or prospective mentors.

    The full list of topics:

    • TMA 1 - Mentoring Adolescents: Training Needs
    • TMA 2 - Making the Most of Mentoring an Adolescent
    • TMA 3 - Aren't Mentors for Little Kids
    • TMA 4 - Building Trust Attachment with Your Mentee
    • TMA 5 - Let's Get Real: Positive Communication
    • TMA 6 - Setting Mentoring Boundaries
    • TMA 7 - Influence of Culture on Mentoring Relationships
    • TMA 8 - Developmental Characteristics of 12-14 Year Olds
    • TMA 9 - Developmental Characteristics of 15-18 Year Olds
    • TMA 10 - Activity: What's Hot and What's Not


    These materials are intended to give mentors information about adolescent development and tips about specific mentoring approaches that can support youth over this age range. This resource is also designed to support training development.

    Target Population/Eligibility of Target Sites:

    These materials emphasize the “ever-changing, but always interesting, adolescent years.”

    Corresponding Elements of Effective Practice:

    Monitoring and Support

    Key Personnel:


    Additional Information:


  • Resource Name:

    Tools for Mentoring Adolescents


    Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota


    Search Institute

    Date of Publication:


    Resource Type:

    Mentor Guides and Handouts

  • Evaluation Methodology:

    Resource has not been evaluated for effectiveness

    Evaluation Outcomes:

    Resource has not been evaluated for effectiveness

    Evaluation Validity:

    Resource has not been evaluated for effectiveness

  • Accessing and Using this Resource:

    All 10 tools are available for download in PDF format on the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota website at:

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Tools for Mentoring Adolescents

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