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Better Together: Mentoring Team vs Mentor

Presenters:
Kristi Farner | Program and Staff Development Specialist, University of Georgia
Kelle Ashley | 4-H Extension Agent, University of Georgia

A positive mentor experience can be helpful for retaining new employees during the onboarding experience for new agents while providing opportunities for mid-career and veteran staff to have leadership opportunities, but it is often hard to find one person to be the perfect fit for a mentee. In this session hear about how one state changed their mentor program to have mentor teams instead of a single mentor for each new agent. Data indicates by splitting the mentor role into two distinct roles mentees and mentors feel more supported. The pool of mentors has grown outside of a program area and mentors increase collaboration by working on a team.

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