3. Developing Mentors and Mentorship Programs

This section offers guidelines and prompts for designing a mentoring program that suits the needs of your youth community and library.

After completing this section, you will be able to...

  • Design a mentorship program for your library
  • Understand the benefits of developing both library staff and teens as mentors
  • Know how to “mentor the mentor”

While mentoring relationships often happen organically, many youth librarians have developed programming with a focus on mentorship to reach certain goals. These might include providing support for youth with who have interests in STEM fields, reaching out to an underserved community, or offering youth with leadership and volunteer experience. In the following section, we offer guidelines and prompts for designing a mentoring program that suits the needs of your youth community and library.