Project Mentoring is a program that fosters a mentor-child relationship, focusing on both the academic and personal needs of the child. It can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and mentee, but it can also come with some challenges. One of the most common issues is when either the mentor or mentee wants to meet more often than required by the program. This can lead to a situation where the mentor relies on the mentee for emotional support instead of focusing on their needs.
Another challenge is when the mentee makes decisions out of fear of making a mistake or receiving criticism. In order to overcome these challenges, it is important for mentors and mentees to communicate openly and honestly about their expectations. Mentors should also be aware of their own commitments and responsibilities, and be mindful of how their actions may affect the mentee. Additionally, organizations should consider using software to manage their mentoring programs in order to ensure that all participants are getting the most out of the experience. Ed Cohn, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, believes that the health of the public education system is the biggest problem for the future, not only in Columbus, but also in the state of Ohio and in the country. He also noted that about 20 percent of 8th grade students receive tutoring.
Archie Griffin, a Columbus Schools graduate and two-time winner of the Ohio State Heisman Trophy, serves as Project Mentor's spokesperson. Mentoring programs can bring many benefits to an organization and its mentors and mentees, but it is important to be aware of potential challenges that may arise. By communicating openly and honestly, being mindful of commitments and responsibilities, and utilizing software to manage programs, organizations can ensure that all participants are getting the most out of their experience.