Peer Mentoring Program
The Yamaska Literacy Council’s Peer Mentoring Program provides support
to newly trained tutors by matching them with experienced tutors. The goals
are to encourage discussion, to provide a helpful atmosphere and increase the
comfort level of new tutors.
Experienced tutors (Mentors)
Mentors are asked to identify specific times when the mentees can contact
them. They are told that their mentees may call them with questions relevant
to tutoring (i.e. lesson planning, lesson ideas, tutoring tips). They are NOT to
get involved in or give advice in any “problematic” situations (i.e. personal
problems, communication difficulties)
New tutors (Mentees)
Mentees are given a sheet outlining the purpose of the Peer Mentor Program,
detailing a general list of do’s and don’ts, and specifying the name and contact
information of their mentor. They are told to have a list of questions written
out before they contact their mentor, so as to use time efficiently.
“Mentors” and “Mentees” are matched according to interests and personality
as much as possible.