Plan.

The next priority for at At Risk adult is to develop a Plan that can enable them to achieve their Vision.  This Plan should focus on activities under their control such as education, vocational training, counseling and employment

What’s important is that the Plan be realistic and consider emotional, professional, mental, legal and other challenges that may impact the achievement of the Mentee’s Vision.  The Plan should include meaningful milestones that can guide the At Risk adult and help them gain confidence in their ability to achieve success

Two of the biggest challenges in mentoring At Risk adults are 1) helping them regain confidence in their abilities and 2) taking responsibility for overcoming challenges.  Often, they have faced failures and set-backs and they no longer possess the belief that they can overcome obstacles.  This is perhaps the most important role for a Mentor, to be supportive, to be a cheerleader, to give positive feedback, and to celebrate even small accomplishments.  At the same time, the Mentor needs to provide constructive – but positive – criticism.  The Mentor needs to push gently and needs to determine how to motivate their Mentee to continue moving forward.  Having a Plan with achievable and meaningful milestones makes this discussion much easier to navigate