Mentoring Tools & Resources

Critical Mentoring

Critical mentoring provides the tools we need as mentors and youth workers to create programmatic spaces that support young people as they develop into themselves, that allows them to ask difficult questions, that provides them with opportunities to find their own voice, and that supports them as they work toward a better future.

Please see resource below:

Critical Mentoring Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

Mentoring Activity Ideas:

365 Days of Family-Friendly Portland Fun via PDX Parent

100 Ideas to Use When Mentoring Youth

Activity Ideas for Mentors Updated 2017

Gresham Activity Ideas

Relationship Building: 

Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors

Developmental Relationship Framework

Communication Skills:

80 Open Ended Questions that Mentors Can Ask Their Mentees

Brené Brown on Empathy

Five Active Listening Techniques to Become a Better Listener

Social-Emotional Skills:

Building Resilience in Children: 20 Practical, Powerful Strategies

Five Ways to Help Teens Feel Good About Themselves

Understanding and Cultivating Social Emotional Learning

Why Kids Lie and What Parents Can Do About It

Trauma & Abuse Recovery:

Childhood Trauma: Changing Minds

Restore Hope: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Supporting Survivors


Bully-Proof Your Child: How to Deal with Bullies

Personal Awareness/Bias: 

Project Implicit

Health Resources: 

Sex Etc: For Teens, By Teens