The Initiative for an International Qualitative Mentoring project(2IQM)
The Initiative for an International Qualitative Mentoring project aims at reinforcing and professionalizing youth organizations’ tutoring capacity and improving the quality of young volunteers’ tutoring throughout their whole experience in order to maximize its positive impact on their personal and/or professional development.
To do so, 2IQM brings together six youth organizations involved in volunteering programs, with complementary experience and expertise in the different aspects of volunteers’ tutoring – hosting, sending, on-site support, training … – representing France, Italy, Vietnam, Thailand, and the United States.
- A first phase of training and definition of common tutoring tools
The partners will identify more precisely, thanks to a survey sent to volunteers and tutors, the main problems encountered in their tutoring and, in the outcome of a specific training, define common tutoring tools, including a set of technical specifications in view of the production of an Online Mentoring Tool. This OMT will involve at the same time the sending and hosting organizations and the volunteer, to enable and ensure a well-coordinated tutoring process.
- An experimentation phase
These tools will be tested by the partners as part of an exchange of EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteers. Each host organization will also receive a worker sent by a sending organization for a job shadowing stage (Mobility of youth workers).
- A final phase, leading to the production of a “Good tutoring Portfolio”.
It will help youth organizations improving their tutoring, and to the presentation of the final version of the Online Mentoring Tool (OMT).
This “Good tutoring Portfolio” will be disseminated on a large scale, while the implementation of the identified good practices will be supported through the deployment of the OMT, which will improve the coordination of the tutoring process between all involved organizations at every stages, thus optimizing the volunteers’ learning process and, in the end, improving their employability.
Outputs of the project
- A training module for youth workers.
- A guide of « good tutoring »: a document that will collect all the good practices identified for the tutoring of young volunteers, offering tools to support tutors involved in the youth organisations. It will include solutions for the coordination of tutoring between the send, the coordinating and the hosting organisations; and a mapping for the financial support available to reinforce tutoring
- An online mentoring tool – OMT – based on a bill of specifications defined by the partners, which will inivolve the sending and hosting organisations and the volunteer itself, in order to better coordinate the mentoring process during all the steps of volunteering.