Training program participants ensures your mentors, mentees, and parents/guardians have the basic knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to build and support an effective relationship. In addition, training allows you to learn more about each participant before you officially accept him or her into your program.

Mentor training should last at least two hours, and it should be offered as an in-person experience. It should also occur prior to matching mentors and mentees.

A promising best practice is to have mentor training last six hours or more.