CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE PEER MENTOR: GOALS OF TRAINING
Role Model: an example of a Veteran who has learned to make good choices, someone who models an attitude of caring and civic responsibility, and illustrates engagement in his or her community
Knowledgeable of resources: Veteran is familiar with the purposes and location of all resources in the county and knows contacts for the most frequently used offices. The mentor has a good understanding of what is available to help Veterans at the county level.
Proactive: Mentor assesses the Veteran’s situation and responds to potential problems by urging contact with appropriate offices or discussion with the program coordinator, mentor is attentive to the Veterans life choices and makes suggestions to aid the Veteran’s transition to the community.
Team Player: The Peer Mentor acts in a way that reflects positively on the peer mentors as a group. The mentor serves as a resource in helping other mentors with their mentees and issues. The mentor cheerfully pitches in to help wherever help is needed.
Good Listener: The peer mentor acts as a willing and attentive listener as new Veterans face transition issues. The mentor establishes boundaries to maintain a healthy relationship with the new Veteran. The mentor preserves confidentiality unless the new Veteran’s health or safety is at risk.