Safety & Boundaries
Every mentoring program has its own set of policies concerning issues of safety, liability, and appropriate boundaries between you and your mentee. Please take the time to discuss further agreements and arrangements for each topic. This section to be done with Program Coordinator of selected for Mentor Volunteer.
Safety, Liability, or Behavior Issue
Our Program’s Policy
|Where my mentee and I can (and cannot meet)||Currently mentors can meet with mentees at designated
schools and/or libraries. Once rapport is built then further
discussion on more locations can be considered.
|How often should I meet with my mentee||At least once a week.|
|Spending time alone with my mentee||Since it is required to have 4 mentees to a mentor you
will never truly be alone with a mentee. However, if
scheduling makes it to where you meet with 1 mentee
always stay in “public view”. E.g., leaving a classroom door open,
meeting out in the open.
|Exchanging phone numbers||It is encouraged to have mentees phone numbers, collectively, in a
group chat. Set limits with your mentees when they contact you and
what can be talked about in chats.
|Physical displays of affection (e.g., hugs)||Minimize hugs and physical contact, limit contact to high fives or a
special hand shake. Maintain body space “bubble”, don’t sit too
close to mentee, do not let mentee lay all over you etc.
|Contact with my mentee’s family||Contact with mentee’s family is strongly encouraged and advised.
Maintaining healthy communication with mentee’s parent/guardian builds
|Mentee overnight visits at my home||This is prohibited.|
|Mentee reports serious physical or emotional health
issues (e.g., abuse or thoughts of suicide)
|It is a vital part to pay attention to any signs of abuse. If
the mentee confides in you they are being abused or have thoughts of
suicide, please tell school counselor, law enforcement and program
coordinator to take further actions accordingly.
|“After hours”||It is encouraged to support your mentee. If your mentee
invites you to see them perform in a sporting event, concert, etc.
You may do so. However, inform the program coordinator about any
special event ahead of time.
If you have another topic of concern towards safety, liability or behavior issues, please talk with your program director.