Sunday, September 27, 2020


ASAPconnect, in partnership with technical assistance (TA) providers across California, aims to enhance the quality of TA for after school programs. TA has been defined as ongoing, needs-driven support services to create effective and quality before and after school programs. Effective TA delivery starts with TA providers possessing the Foundational Competencies.  In addition to the Foundational Competencies, TA providers may utilize a range of TA strategies to impact the quality of after school programs. ASAPconnect has defined and outlined core competencies for five strategies including training, mentoring, coaching, consulting and providing and brokering resources.

The following competencies serve as a guideline for professional growth and development for TA providers who “Provide Mentoring” in the field.

Definition of Mentoring: A process that provides guidance and advice through the mentor’s intentional or formal relationship with less experienced person for the purpose of personal and professional growth.

Core Competencies

  1. Relationship Building

    1. Develops a reciprocal relationship through sharing experiences and exploring expectations.
    2. Acknowledges, offers constructive comments and builds upon the mentee's abilities and contributions.
    3. Creates a safe environment for the development of trust and personal growth.
  2. Operations and Practices

    1. Provide guidance to mentee to develop goals and a plan for self-directed improvement.
    2. Use knowledge and competence in content area to help mentee acquire and apply new knowledge and skill.
    3. Help identify career or training opportunities within the organization or field and help to "open doors" when possible.
    4. Demonstrate flexibility in working with the changing needs of mentee's program, time constraints, resources and other issues.
    5. Facilitate creative thinking and problem solving to address mentee needs.
  3. Professionalism as it relates to mentoring

    1. Maintains confidentiality when sharing experiences, discussing issues and solving problems.
    2. Displays success in and commitment to addressing quality and improvement.
    3. Follows through on commitments in an appropriate and timely manner.

Mentoring Self-Assessment Tool

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