What a Mentor needs to know...
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Most YAFA activities will be overseen by an Achievement Mentor, who has acknowledged expertise in the achievement area. A Mentor is a current member of the SCA who has developed expertise in one or more areas.
These areas may be hobbies such as archery. They may be part of the individual’s modern job, such as carpentry. The individual may or may not have been recognized as a Society Peer and yet still be known and regarded as an expert in a particular area by their local group. Above all, this person is interested in the continuance of the SCA as a viable organization. The Mentor must be willing to share his or her expertise, from introducing a young person to the skill to encouraging and aiding a young person to grow through the development of the skill to as high a level of proficiency as possible.
Mentors will be recruited from the current paid members of their kingdoms and local groups through their professions, interests and service. They must have more than a working knowledge of the topics they mentor. Use the table below to view the achievement topic requirements for the available subjects to determine if you have that level of knowledge. A Mentor can mentor participants in all divisions (age groups), or they can opt to work with those divisions they know they work with the best. Mentors can choose who they take on so that they can control the number of youth they are mentoring in order to fit their personal schedule.
The mentor knows that the more in depth information and skill a young person gains about activities in the SCA, the more likely this youth is to continue in the SCA as an adult, adding to the pleasure that comes from watching someone develop an interest in an area that you have found personally fulfilling. The Mentor is the keystone. YAFA’s focus on the transfer of information and skills from adults to youth can only come to fruition through the good will and dedication of the Mentor.
As a Mentor, you have a wealth of talent, expertise, and experience in your chosen field. The YAFA program cannot exist without you. A Mentor training and certification course is available and must be successfully completed by you as part of your Kingdom’s mentor approval process. It should be completed while waiting for your background check to be processed. The course is designed to ensure you fully understand the scope and limitations of the YAFA program. The course covers what you can and cannot do as a Mentor; also covering some of the possible difficulties any Mentor might run into with youth and their families as well as giving you answers for any potential problems. In short, it will cover the responsibilities you are undertaking as a Mentor as well as how to handle these responsibilities regardless of your kingdom.
In Divisions 2 & 3, each achievement will be overseen by a Mentor who is approved through the Mentor’s home Kingdom. The Mentor is the subject matter expert in the achievement they have chosen and for which they have been approved. The decision of whether they mentor Division 2 or 3 is only a preference on what age group the mentor prefers to work with. Parents & guardians may ask for Mentor services for Division 1 at their discretion and the mentor's availability.