Project meeting Palermo

Youth welfare and education experts, trainers, mentors and mentor training programme coordinators from eight European countries (Romania, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Switzerland  and Germany) came together for a two-day working meeting in Sicily, Italy, on Feb 6-7, 2014, within the framework of the LeGMe Learning Partnership project supported by the European Union (2013-1-RO1-GRU06-295651). The meeting was hosted by Centro Studi ed Iniziative Europeo (CESIE) in the wonderfully vibrant city of Palermo.

Having collected information about promising practices in mentoring programs with a focus on supporting disenfranchised young children and youth, the eight teams came together to share their findings and analyze the mentors’ training/ coaching programmes developed and implemented within these identified programmes.


The analysis led to the following conclusions:

  • The generic purpose of the mentor training / coaching programmes (MTCP) is to get the mentors / coaches ready for delivering the mentoring programme;
  • MTCP duration and complexity depend on:
    • what the wider project aims for the mentees to achieve (e.g. school success; improved social skills; empowerment of youth, etc.)
    • Whether the mentors are employed as such (i.e. also have administrative responsibilities) or are volunteers;
    • How detailed and carefully constructed the mentoring programme curriculum is (if there is one) and whether it includes mentee assessment (initial, on-going, final);
    • Whether the mentors are involved in the selection of the mentees or not;
    • Whether the training of mentors comes before being accepted as a mentor or after that.
  • For successful mentor performance, follow-ups to the training and periodic support activities such as coaching for the mentors are necessary.

Based on the above findings, the teams then engaged in drafting the framework and guidelines for the development of the new mentor training/coaching programmes to be piloted during the project. They considered the mentoring programme from the perspectives of significant stakeholders (mentees, mentors, mentor trainers, mentor training coordinators, parents, community representatives, public and private institutions with an interest in such programmes, etc.), and – from these standpoints – listed the issues that need to be kept in mind when developing a successful mentoring programme. Using the ideas collected in the meeting, as an immediate next step in the project, the Swiss partner will finalize the framework and guidelines for all the partners to refer to as they develop their own mentor training/coaching programmes.

This meeting brought the partnership closer to accomplishing its goal within LeGMe, which is to prepare the human and pedagogical resources for the partners to be able to establish effective mentoring programmes in support of their respective communities’ adults and young children with a view to empowering them for meaningful, responsible contribution to the community’s welfare. For further information about the project, visit: and/or


Starting the project “Learning to be a good mentor”: Kick Off Meeting in Zug, Switzerland.

From the 31st of October to the 3rd of November 2013, the kick-off meeting of “LeGMe – Learning to be a good mentor” (Lifelong Learning Programme – Grundtvig Learning Partnership) Took place in train, Switzerland, with the participation of eight European partners : Consortiul International LSDGC (Romania, Coordinator), club MUNTERwegs (Switzerland), German Child Protection Association National Association of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany), CESIE (Italy), ŠIUOLAIKINIŲ DIDAKTIKŲ CENTRAS (Lithuania), Grimstad Kommune / Kvalifiseringstjenesten (Norway), Združenie Orava pre demokraciu vo Vzdělávání (Slovakia) and Forum za Slobodu odgoja (Croatia).

The project – that will be completed in 2015 – Focuses on the figure of mentor and mentoring program in all the various contexts in Which this figure works (eg: in adults education, education for children and adolescents).
The main goal is to prepare the pedagogical and human resources for partners in order to establish_link effective mentoring program to support the communities of the whole partnership. Further More, the skills of the aspiring mentors and Their coaches will be enhanced, as well as sharing good practices of the mentoring experiences of all Organizations Involved in the project. Finally, adults – like pensioners, unemployed people, university students, migrants – are Supposed to be Involved and theywill find out the, importance of their “guide” role for other people, valorizing Themselves and Their Capacities, ran thus giving an important contribution to the society wherethey live.

The whole partnership wants to analyze the mentoring program existing in every national context, Developing afterwards a common framework and guidelines for program Addressed to workout and enhancement of mentors and Their coach, merging together in a future online booklet at the end of the project. More over, every organization wants to organize its mentoring programs accor ding to its target needs.
During the meeting, partners Discussed about all aspects of the project in the next 2 years,’s defining the details of this important common work. Next appointment will be in Palermo, on the 6th and 7th of February 2014, in Which the partners wants to compare the national Analyses of mentoring program in order to find the common features through Which theywill be able to establish_link the future program to “learn to be a good mentor. ”

Text: Alberto Biondo Cesie

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