BHSOSA/Tutorial Mentoring Project – Co-ordinator's Report for October 2006.

The October phase of the Project began with 42 forty-two listed pairs of listed Mentors/Mentees with the following breakdown:

Active Relationships 34
Inactive Relationship 5
Terminated Relationships 3

Mentors continued to work during the August vacation and contact was maintained. Intervention by the Co-ordinator to force commencement, reactivation and renewal of relationships is to be the priority activity of the Co-ordinator during the months of October and November. Sourcing of new mentors continues to be an ongoing activity.

Despite these setbacks, Mentors in general have indicated that they are quite willing to continue the Program since the have more available time. Those who asked to be released from the Program have indicated that they would be quite willing to serve in perhaps another year’s time. In some cases have conflict of time ahs been the deciding factor in their decision while another expressed frustration in trying to make the relationship work.

Some Mentors have indicated that they have seen changes in the behaviours of the Mentees and feel that if they continue to work with them, better results can be gained.
The teachers of Tutorial High also expressed this observation. They have noted generally that there have been improvements over the last term in the children’s academic performances and general deportment. This has inspired other classmates who are not Mentees to lift their performance standards. However, like all children, there have been deviations from expected behaviours that are dealt with if and when they occur.

Mentoring relationships have progressed beyond the expected over time. Mentors have inducted as honorary family members with the bonds strengthening over time. There have been the celebrations of birthdays, christenings and achievements to name a few. These events in Mentors and Mentees opinions have made their relationships interesting.

These relationships have occurred in both schools and have progressed to the entire family and not just a relationship centered on the child. This would provide interesting material for the Model and future Mentoring activities.
These activities however need to be monitored to ensure that they do not extend beyond the preferred boundary of mentoring.