At the ReadFresno mentor training we also received a mentoring journal and the mentee's get the same journal as well. Our commitment as a volunteer is a minimum of 1 hour a week for one year so the journal is divided into 4 quarters. As you can see on the picture below for the 1st quarter, it's a pocket so you can put just about anything in there as a keepsake, even our collages folded up.
The pages within each quarter are basically the same, here are a few examples. The orange page is titled My Friendship Comic Strip which has boxes to write and draw in an it's another place to put keepsakes like ticket stubs, etc. The blue page is title Initial Impressions and is a place to express yourself about the mentee/mentor.
The orange page below is for the Weekly Activity Entry with My Friend and let's you rank the level of fun had for that particular activity. It also has questions to answer about the activity and plenty of room to write about it.
The journal also makes suggestions on various activities to do together and ReadFresno also get's ticket donations to various events. There are also empty pages in each section and our trainers said we can switch journals with the mentee and write in each others. I think that's a cool idea and it's a great keepsake, especially for the mentee.
One of the great things about this program is that the parents of the mentee's are the ones who request their children to be in the program. This will create less animosity between the parents and us as the volunteer mentors. I am very excited about being a part of this program!! The children are our future...