NYYM Mentoring Survey
At Summer Sessions 2019, Young Adults expressed a number of fundamental needs. One was a desire for "mentoring, eldership, and spiritual accompaniment to support personal journeys, develop Divine gifts, and nurture leadings and ministries." Another was a request for additional "investment and resources to build [YA] capacity as Quaker leaders, ministers, elders, and community leaders."
New York Yearly Meeting, the Spiritual Nurture Working Group, and ARCH are working together to build a mentoring program to address these needs and to better support the spiritual development of young adult Friends AND all Friends. Help us shape the program by completing the 10-question survey below.
Younger than 18
Older than 35
For you, what are the primary reasons you would want to participate in a Quaker mentoring program? (check all that apply and add things to the list that we didn't think of)
Learning about Quakerism
Deepening my spirituality
Building Quaker skills and disciplines (i.e., clerking, discernment, eldering, healing, etc.)
Learning about and exploring my spiritual gifts and how to use them
Navigating the joys and challenges of life (which may or may not have to do with my Quakerism)
Learning how to more fully participate in my Meeting or in the Yearly Meeting
Building capacity and knowledge needed to assume leadership roles (in Meeting, committees, Yearly Meeting...)
Being in relationship with a mentor
Deepening my connection to Friends with more experience or knowledge than I have
Being in community with other learners and seekers
Working towards a concrete goal related to my faith, spirituality, or practice as a Friend
Describe what you might be looking for in a mentoring relationship (either as a mentor as a mentee).
Describe your ideal mentor. What are the most important qualities of a good mentor? What do good mentors do? What do they not do?
What should mentors know and/or what skills should they have or be trained in BEFORE becoming a mentor?
What should be considered when matching mentees with mentors?
Of the following options, which matching scenario(s) do you feel would work well? In ALL scenarios, mentors and mentees must agree and commit to working together.
Mentees choose mentors from a portfolio of mentor profiles
A central committee reviews mentor and mentee profiles and creates matches based on both parties' preferences & goals
A central committee provides multiple mentor options to mentees based on preferences & goals; the mentee selects their mentor
Mentors and mentees choose each other at an in-person event
For you, what would be the ideal length for a formal mentoring program? Check more than one if you think more than one structure could work.
This does not mean mentors/mentees could not meet after the program is over. We are looking for a baseline.
Thinking about a six-month program, how frequently do you think mentors and mentees should be *required* to formally meet (either in person or virtually)?
This does not mean mentors/mentees could not meet MORE frequently. We are looking for a baseline.
Once a week
Twice a month
Once a month
Which of the following mentor program activities feel most important to you? (check all that apply and add things that we didn't think of)
Structured and regular one-on-one meetings between mentors and mentees
Scheduled events for all mentors to be in community and learn together
Scheduled events for all mentees to be in community and learn together
Scheduled events for all mentors and mentees to be in community and learn together
Training for mentors before relationships begin
Training for mentees before relationships begin
Opportunities to shadow or observe mentors using Quaker skills and/or disciplines
Opportunities to practice or experiment with Quaker skills and/or disciplines
Check-ins from program organizers on how mentoring relationships are going
How likely are you to participate in a structured mentoring program through New York Yearly Meeting? (either as a mentor or as a mentee)
Explain what factors make you likely or unlikely to participate in a formal mentoring program through New York Yearly Meeting.
What else do you want us to know or consider as we build this mentoring program?
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