Is Your Peer Mentoring Programme Having a Negative Impact?

Without a proper framework in place, many peer mentoring programmes are at risk of retraumatising students or reinforcing bullying and behaviours which the programme is trying to prevent. Kim Reuter looks at some of the most important factors for implementing effective, high-quality peer mentoring.

Stop a stranger on the street and ask them to name a person who has had the biggest impact on their life. Chances are—with spouses and family excluded—they’ll name someone who mentored, coached, and supported them, probably through a really tough time. This is because the developmental relationship, when built with structure and purpose, goes beyond a simple friendship model or a buddy system. It is the kind of mechanism that, in adults, sees people have a greater sense of belonging, motivation, and confidence in their careers.1,2,3 

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