Topic 2: What is community mentoring?

A community can be a division, a group of peers, a department from the city hall, a working group, or an online community with similar interests. The core purpose of community mentoring is the sustainable development and enhancement of a determined community. To accomplish this, volunteers or mentors offer their advice and assistance to each other.

This practice, which can involve mentors from the mentees’ own backgrounds, is also crucial in assisting socially marginalised populations. The objective is to encourage self-development so that people can build stronger social networks and become more driven to accomplish their goals. By doing this the community in which people thrive will naturally evolve.

Community, in any case, gives context and a sense of shared values. It is simpler to establish fruitful mentoring relationships and to unite the mentoring community as a result of these commonalities.

Community is all about gaining strength through shared activity and interests.

A community-building mentor is someone that teaches how to foster peer cooperation and involve participants in their learning within the community.  Community-mentors guide community-mentees in using independent training methods and relevant skills.

In a mentorship community, participants develop a bond via shared experience that will affect how they interact professionally in other areas of life. Participants’ sense of belonging to the mentoring group will enhance their sense of belonging to the community as a whole.

Outside of the mentoring relationship, the coaching and active listening abilities acquired during mentor training will be applied to change the culture of the place where people work, share or behave within the community. These improved leadership abilities foster a stronger sense of community and belonging.