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Identifying a Mentee

By Doug Franklin January 5, 2012

The following is an exercise that you can use with student leaders to help them identify a younger student to mentor. You can also download this activity in PDF form at https://www.leadertreks.org/assets/Identify-a-Mentee-Activity.pdf

A leader should be in a continual cycle of being poured into (being mentored) and pouring into someone else (serving as a mentor). This activity will help your students identify a person in their lives whom they could mentor. Encourage your students, when appropriate, to approach this person as a possible mentee. As the adult leader or youth pastor, it is wise to oversee this process.

A mentee is a person who is younger than you, or not as far along as you in their walk with Christ. You can encourage a mentee as they learn from your experience – doing what you found helpful and avoiding your mistakes. All you need is time and a willingness to help someone else.

Directions: List at least 5 characteristics, qualities or traits that you would look for in selecting a mentee.
A Mentee Should…
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Explain the reason you think this attribute or quality is important.

Because…

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Note to Facilitators:
Ideally, students should identify and approach a possible mentee. But realistically, they may not have time to work with both a mentor and a mentee. If so, first help them find a mentor who will be a trusted counselor, and one who will teach them how to mentor. Later, they can begin to mentor others, too.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More