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Group Mentoring

Category: Relationship Building

Networking Bingo

This icebreaker is a great activity for groups that are just forming. Networking bingo offers students the opportunity to get to know one another in a fun and engaging way through this not-so-typical bingo game!

Networking-Bingo

Check-ins

This activity involves giving each mentee the opportunity to share something positive and negative about his or her week which allows the group to provide praise and support. Check-ins are are great activity to do at the beginning of group meetings especially when groups are first forming.

Check-In Activity

Icebreakers and Team Builders

Explore over 60 ice breaker and team building ideas to help start your group off on the right foot. Most activities take approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your group) and require minimal materials. Leave a comment below on which activities worked best for your group.

Ice Breakers and Team Builders

Warm Fuzzies

This activity encourages students to share their warm feelings about their peers and mentors. Group members chose names from a jar and discuss the positive qualities of that person. Students also discuss how the group has impacted their lives. This is a good wrap up activity.

WARM FUZZIES

Trust Walk

This activity is designed to build trust among group members.  After a discussion on trust, the students pair up.  In each pair one person wears a blindfold and the other does not.  The leader (person without the blindfold) leads the blind person on a walk.  Upon completion, they discuss their experiences.

Trust Walk

 

If you have any helpful pointers or suggestions for doing this activity with your group, please leave a comment below.

Three Things in Common

In this activity, students are asked to pair up with someone they don’t know well.  They are then asked to converse to identify as many things that they have in common as possible.  They circle the three most unusual things that they came up with and small prizes are given for the most creative or unique.  Finally, the group as a whole tries to come up with three things that they all have in common.

Three Things In Common

 

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Pass the Compliment

This activity is designed to promote a sense of belonging in the group.  The students are asked to go around the room and give each other compliments paying particular attention to how it feels to give and be given a compliment.

Pass the Compliment

 

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Circles of Trust

Students identify the people in their lives who are in their “circles of trust” which include inner and outer circles. The group discusses reasons that people move in and out of different circles, and how trust is built and broken.

5 Circles of Trust

 

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Confidentiality: The Essential Building Block to a Trusting Relationship

To help students understand the importance of confidentiality, they are given a scenario about a young woman who confides in her friend that she is pregnant. The friend breaks confidentiality which causes serious problems for the young woman. This activity is designed to help students understand the concept of confidentiality and when it is appropriate to maintain or break it.

4 Confidentiality

 

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Dream Drawing

Dream Drawing is an activity designed to help students visualize their ideal mentoring relationship. Students visualize the best possible and worst possible mentoring relationships they can imagine and then draw the scenarios. The group then discusses ways to avoid the “nightmare” scenarios and how to make the “dreams” a reality.

3 dream drawing

 

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