Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Being a Supportive Mentor

Providing feedback, troubleshooting, and holding mentees accountable are important aspects of supportive accountability. However, don’t forget to also provide positive reinforcement, encouragement, and emotional support.

Continuously motivate and inspire mentees by highlighting their progress and the positive impact of their efforts on their goals.

Use comments such as “I’ve noticed you’ve met your last few subgoals. Congratulations, let’s keep up the good work” and “You’ve come a long way since we started working together, you should be proud of yourself.” You can even offer fun ways to celebrate.

In the face of obstacles, recognize and address the emotional aspects of change and struggles meeting goals. Offer empathy, understanding, and a safe space for individuals to express their feelings and concerns. Also normalize the feeling for them, and remind them you are there to provide support. Encourage mentees to also seek additional sources of support, including but not limited to, family, friends, teachers, and counselors.