Youth Mentoring@100%: Innovation 3
Engaging the Private Sector
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Youth Mentoring.3.1
Project 1: The “cool technology of our mentoring future” project
In some rural areas without a seamless system of mentoring systems, some youth advocates are experimenting with tele-support, not unlike what health care providers are doing. If nothing else, it’s an interesting idea that may work in some places until real live mentors can be recruited. The National Mentoring Resource Center can direct you to some e-mentoring programs to review. Do note that due to the newness of web-based mentoring, evaluation of effectiveness may be lacking.
National Mentoring Resource Center: https://aae.how/76
Project: Youth Mentoring.3.2
Project 2: The “the boss supports that” project
The idea of a private company giving an employee a free bus pass is nothing new, but it may be new for employers to provide an incentive for becoming a youth mentor.
This would be an innovation to present to your chamber of commerce and local elected leadership. Some city and county governments allow and encourage mentoring on the clock, including in New Mexico. As for private sector solutions, Comcast, Amazon and AT&T all have strong workplace mentoring programs, offering recognition, encouragement, and convenience (mentoring while on the clock and often on-site).