Libraries around the country provide a range of mentoring opportunities to support young people. Research evidence finds that quality mentoring experiences can make a powerful impact on the personal, professional, and academic lives of young people. In this module, we offer guidance and best practices for encouraging mentoring relationships within a youth services context.

After completing this module, you will be able to…

  • Explain how mentoring incorporates the principles of connected learning
  • Describe how library staff, community members, and peers can support youth through mentoring
  • Create a roadmap for mentoring at your library
  • Address common mentoring challenges


The ConnectedLib team would like to thank ConnectedLib partners Sara Evans (Trails Regional Library, MO) and Sonya Harsha (Algona (IA) Public Library) for their help in developing this module.

Worksheet #1: Mentoring K-W-L

Before moving forward in the module, spend some time thinking about what you already know about mentoring, and what you hope to learn from this module. The first worksheet in your Mentoring Workbook is a “KWL” — that stands for Know, Want to learn, and Learned.

First describe your experience (if any) with mentoring. Then make a list of things you already know about mentoring. Then write down what you want to learn in this module. You’ll fill out the last column, what you learned (L), when you have completed this module.