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131 fun ideas for the mentoring journey

A number of ideas, things to do with mentees, have been gathered from a variety of mentoring programmes. Wherever possible, encourage the mentee to make suggestions about things to do. This is in line with the developmental aspect of youth mentoring. However, mentors might need a few ideas to suggest and the following list might be helpful:


  • Set your mentoring goals together
  • Help with some homework
  • Make dinner together
  • Participate in a Fun Run/Walk together
  • Go out for a meal together
  • Make popcorn and talk
  • Go to a movie
  • Pick fruit
  • Go to a concert
  • Go to the library
  • Go to the theatre
  • Visit a car museum
  • Go to the swimming pools
  • Go to the beach
  • Visit a major harbour (where applicable)
  • Go to the gym
  • Play computer games
  • Discuss responsible use of a mobile phone and how to handle text bullying in a responsible way (Click here for some ideas)
  • Visit your workplace
  • Talk about planning a career
  • Get together with friends from work
  • Take tours of friends' jobs
  • Visit a tertiary institution
  • Work on a C.V.
  • Visit the SPCA
  • Go rollerblading
  • Go to an indoor climbing wall
  • Go to the museum
  • Visit an art gallery
  • Do a personality test (on the computer)
  • Review your mentoring goals
  • Sew on a button
  • Take photos of favourite people/places
  • Do a pretend job interview
  • Listen to your favourite music together
  • Go to the weekend markets
  • Talk about how to get a job and find a part-time job
  • Set up work experience
  • Change a tyre
  • Balance a cheque book
  • Visit your old school
  • Talk about balancing work and play
  • Form a group and go Ten Pin Bowling
  • Play a sport together e.g. Basketball, Netball, Golf, Baseball, Football
  • Go to a sports game
  • Open a bank account
  • Talk about credit cards
  • Talk about budgeting
  • Visit a sick child in hospital
  • Go bargain hunting
  • Plan a week's worth of meals
  • Visit an old age home
  • Do a week's grocery shopping
  • Go holiday shopping
  • Write 'thank you' notes
  • Go to a church or faith institution
  • Talk about relationships
  • Talk about personal values
  • Draw your family tree
  • Talk about the future
  • Visit an armed service base
  • Write a song
  • Do good deeds for three strangers
  • Have a picnic (at a nearby lake, zoo, park, beach, mountain)
  • Prepare a surprise party for the Programme Coordinator
  • Take a ferry ride
  • Take a train ride
  • 'Surf the Net'
  • Fly a kite
  • Show your mentee how to read a map
  • Show your mentee how to use an answer phone
  • Design a website home page
  • Visit an airport  and look at all aspects: ticketing, reading a monitor, checking in, going through security
  • Watch a video and then discuss it
  • Make something together e.g. picture frame, birthday or Christmas cards
  • Go hiking or kayaking or camping or sailing
  • Go fishing
  • Go bird-watching
  • Play with a Frisbee or participate in some other fun outdoor game
  • Play board games or cards
  • Mow lawns together
  • Build, create, design something
  • Paint something
  • Watch and discuss the T.V. news
  • Fix an appliance
  • Play Snooker or Pool
  • Audition for a Play together
  • Create a journal, including photos, of your time together
  • Start a collection e.g. stamps, coins or whatever else is the craze of the time!
  • Go ice skating
  • Arrange a visit for your mentee to meet his or her hero
  • Plant and maintain a vegetable garden
  • Arrange a clothes collection with other mentors and mentees for a charity of your choice
  • Arrange a treasure hunt for some children in foster care
  • Do needlework e.g. knitting, embroidery
  • Participate in World Vision's 40-hour Fast as a joint project and challenge other mentors and mentees to participate. End with a celebration!
  • Begin a book club with other mentors and mentees
  • Go to a horse show
  • Attend a motor car rally or a motorbike race
  • Go to an ANZAC Day  (or similar rememberance) gathering and discuss the impact of two World Wars on the world
  • Attend a cultural festival together
  • Visit Parliament or a local Council meeting
  • Help out at a local faith or charity shop or thrift store
  • Arrange a garage sale with other mentors and mentees and donate the proceeds to a children's charity
  • Offer to help serve meals to the homeless or to help out at a shelter for needy people
  • Adopt an elderly neighbour and carry out some chores for him or her, or go and visit from time to time
  • Coach younger children a sports skill
  • Organise a recycling project with other mentors and mentees
  • During winter arrange a collection of blankets through the school for the hungry and homeless
  • Look for suitable accommodation together (where applicable)
  • Have lunch with your mentee once a week
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Build a model car or aeroplane
  • Take a walk around the neighbourhood
  • Go hunting
  • Go skiing
  • Go Tubing
  • Play Laser Tag together
  • Visit a Ceramics Studio
  • Go on nature walks
  • Clean out the garage together and then celebrate a job well done!
  • Play Table Tennis or Badminton or Squash Racquets or Tennis
  • Go jogging together
  • Help your mentee to draw up a fitness schedule
  • Do aerobics together
  • Discuss the importance of networking
  • Discuss how to program a VCR/DVD
  • Talk about taxes
  • Get involved in a community environmental project


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