This guide offers program developers and implementers key considerations when integrating technology-influenced mentoring into an existing program serving African-American young men. The guidelines were influenced by Urban Youth's lessons learned from its What It Takes E-Mentoring Initiative.
Since there is no universal definition of e-mentoring, defining program goals that reflect mentee and mentor needs and expectations is especially important.
Create an Internet safety policy that is clear, documented, and accessible and that includes frequency of communication, types of content that can be shared, and a detailed code of conduct.
Choosing the right technology platform is critical, requiring consideration of alignment to program vision and goals, platforms that participants already use regularly, user-friendliness, cost, and accessibility of data reports to monitor engagement.
Mentees are better engaged when there is coordination between online mentoring and offline activities.
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