Free Resources to Make Your Mentoring Program Amazing

Written by
Laura Francis

Do More with Your Mentoring Program

Mentoring ResourcesFor the past 20 years, the experts at River have helped organizations of all types and sizes design, launch, and run their mentoring programs. We’ve learned a thing or three hundred through our work, and we’ve happily shared it via our website with people far and wide. We know that sharing that knowledge can make us all thrive and can help mentoring program administrators run amazing programs.

With that in mind, I’m excited to share with you a collection of resources from River’s mentoring experts that can help you run your mentoring program, support your mentees and mentors, and build a mentoring culture that can impact employees at all levels.

Resources for Designing a Mentoring Program

When you design a mentoring program, you need to take into consideration the objective of the program, how it can tie back to overarching organizational goals, who you want to impact through mentoring, etc. The following resources can help you consider all the angles and create a plan of action that will bring mentoring to your employees intelligently and successfully.

  • Designing Mentoring Programs – This article and corresponding eBook provide step-by-step advice for setting up a mentoring program, along with specific examples of how clients have successfully done so with River.
  • Mentoring Programs Are Not One Size Fits All – This article shares three lessons we’ve learned over the years on how to design a mentoring program so that you can gain insights from our experiences and proceed with confidence as you set up your own mentoring program.
  • How Big Should My Mentoring Program Be? – Discover specific advice around program size in this article, which includes examples of three common mentoring programs and considerations that should be made for each when determining how many mentees and mentors to have in the program.
  • Which Mentor Matching Option Is Right for You? – Wondering which mentor matching option is ideal for your specific mentoring program? This article explores the differences between self-directed matching and administrator matching in mentoring software, along with suggestions on when to use which option given your circumstances.
  • Recruiting Strategies for Your Mentoring Program – Getting people to sign up as mentees and mentors in your mentoring program takes marketing skills, strategic planning, organizational know-how, and more. This article shares an approach that can be applied to programs with various audiences and objectives.
  • Navigating a Mentoring Pilot – This eBook provides detailed instructions on how to set up and run a mentoring program pilot so that you can be successful right out of the gate.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Reverse Mentoring – Reverse mentoring is a trend with staying power and can help you expand the use of mentoring at your organization. This guide offers suggestions on how to make this work from the administrative side, as well as ideas for mentees and mentors on how to engage one another in a relationship that is non-traditional in nature.

Resources for Mentees and Mentors

Part of being an amazing administrator is having the tools in place to support your mentees and mentors as they embark upon their mentoring relationships. The following resources offer direct advice to mentees and mentors so that they can engage in meaningful and successful mentoring relationships.

  • Virtual Mentoring eBook – More people participate in virtual mentoring relationships today than ever before. This guide provides tips and ideas for mentees and mentors to help you make the most of those virtual interactions.
  • MEGA Guide to Mentoring Relationships – This guide is jam-packed with more than 30 pages of tips for mentees and mentors to support you in your mentoring relationships. Everything from setting priorities to making sure learning is personalized in the relationship is covered.
  • How Do I Mentor Someone? –This article offers ideas on how to mentor someone so that you can start sharing your expertise and making a difference.
  • 10 Questions to Ask Your Mentor – Mentoring thrives because of the personal connections and relationships you create. Part of that involves getting to know one another. To help you get started, here are 10 questions to ask your mentor.
  • How to Set Priorities in Mentoring Relationships – Mentoring is remarkable because you can work on various things that can make an impact on your life and the lives of others. This article provides four steps you can take to set priorities for your mentoring goals so that you don’t get overwhelmed by doing too much.
  • 5 Ways to Make Mentoring a Personalized Mentoring Experience – Make your mentoring relationship a personalized learning experience by adapting five elements of the relationship to address your needs and individual situation.
  • What to Do When Your Mentoring Relationship Has Stalled Out – You may find yourself feeling unmotivated by your mentoring relationship from time to time. If this happens to you, it could be time to reinvigorate your mentoring relationship with these four ideas on how to get momentum back again.
  • Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Your Mentor? – All good things must come to an end…even your mentoring relationship. Try these tips when it’s time to say goodbye to your mentor.

The mentoring experts at River encourage you to find ways to launch and grow a mentoring program, to reach out and find a mentee or mentor, and to participate in mentoring relationships that allow you to grow and learn in a supportive environment. We can help you do more with mentoring. Please contact us to see how we can help.

Related Resources

Defining Success: A Comprehensive Guide to Goal Setting

Read More

The Journey of Professional Growth: Navigating Career Goals

Read More


Ready to see all the benefits River has in store for your organization?