Planning for Closure
February 26, 2024

It’s that time of year, Mentor!  While it may seem early, now is the perfect time to start thinking about closure. The spring semester gets busy with testing and spring break, and May will be here before you know it. We encourage every mentor to plan a meaningful closure with their mentee. Whether you are saying “so-long for the summer,” or “goodbye” forever, the steps remain the same: reiterate your friendship; celebrate your happy memories; and leave nothing positive unsaid about your mentee. Your goal is to make sure your mentee knows they are awesome and that you remain friends no matter what!

Planning to continue mentoring in the fall?  Begin setting the groundwork for a mini closure with your mentee now.  Share what you have enjoyed about this year, and reasons you are proud of your mentee (be specific).  Express your intention to continue the mentoring relationship, if they would like to, next year.  It is important not to promise you will be back, as we cannot control the future, but do let them know you hope to see them in September.

If your mentoring journey is ending for good this semester, we encourage you to plan a meaningful closure, letting the mentee know you will not be back in the fall.  Having a positive closure experience is extremely beneficial for children who have had important adults in their lives disappear without warning. Reach out to your Mentor Director for guidance and support through the closure process.

In rare circumstances; or due to unforeseen complications, some mentors are not able to have in-person closure.  If you fall into this category, please send some words of encouragement in a note or letter to your mentee via your Mentor Director, who will quickly pass it on to them.  This gesture serves as another connection point and sets the groundwork for expectations that you hope to mentor them in the fall.

With some planning on your part and guidance from your Mentor Director, you can create a positive closure experience that helps your mentee build confidence and resilience.  

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