1. The main functions of mentoring are to:
a. Provide a structured, one-to-one relationship or partnership that focuses on the needs of the mentored participant.
b. Foster caring and supportive relationships
c. Encourage individuals to develop to their fullest potential.
d. Help individuals to develop their own vision for the future.
e. To be a strategy to develop active community partnerships.

Key steps in starting a mentoring program:

a. Create a statement of purpose and long-range plans.
b. Devise a recruitment plan for both mentors and participants.
c. Develop an orientation for mentors and potential participants.
d. Conduct an intense eligibility screening for mentors and participants.
e. Devise a training curriculum and train mentors and participants.
f. Create a matching strategy and criteria to pair mentors and participants.
g. Mentor progress.
h. Provide on-going training, materials and general support.
i. Evaluate