WHY BECOME A MENTOR:
Remember your first hunt, PARENT, RELATIVE, FRIEND taking you out and teaching you how to hunt making sure you followed safety rules, Ethics, teaching your tracking, ect… for most hunters this is a cherished moment in their life that drives the rest of their hunting career. Now picture you didn’t have that person in your life. This is where a Mentor can make a huge difference in a Child life.
TO BECOME A MENTOR or REQUEST INFO ON BECOMING ONE FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM ON OUR CONTACT PAGE.
WHAT IS A MENTOR:
Being a mentor is about being that person who spends time with a youth. The volunteer helps the youth experience new opportunities and activities that he/she might not have encountered before. For the purposes of this program, a mentor is a person who helps a youth or other first-time hunter develop into a knowledgeable and competent hunter. The mentor also helps the student develop an understanding and appreciation for the role of hunters and hunting in wildlife management to build the foundation for these hunters to become better stewards of our natural resources and better ambassadors for hunting. For purposes of this program a student can be a son, daughter, family member, neighbor, youth, or even an adult first time hunter in the community. The point is that this individual, young or old, has had little or no opportunity to be taught about
ROLE AS A MENTOR:
A Good Mentor…
- Has FUN!
- Listens well
- Communicates on the student’s level
- Provides leadership
- Is a positive role model
- Is on time for meetings
- Is committed and willing to face unexpected hurdles
- Reinforces the successes of the student
BEST PRACTICES FOR MENTORS:
- 1.When planning an outing, always discuss the outing and obtain permission from the student’s parent/guardian.
- Always remember to have honest communication with parents/guardians about outings. Always tell the parent or guardian when you will be picking up and dropping off the student.
- When picking up the student for an outing, always remember to pick them up at the door. When dropping the student off after an outing, walk them to the door and make sure the parent/guardian is home.
- Always obtain the appropriate parent/guardian permission before making plans to take the student anywhere. Do not rely on the student to communicate your plans to their parent/guardian. Always be sure you have heard verbal approval of your plans and always confirm your plan a day in advance as a reminder to the student and their parent/guardian.
- In case of a medical emergency, take the student directly to the hospital. Call the parent/guardian and the family physician as soon as possible.
- It is recommended to plan at least one separate outing for training and relationship building.