MT-Mentoring path: Building autonomy step by step, Bureaucracy, legislation and networking

Each mentoring path is singular, and this is part of its richness. Therefore, no structured mandatory activities will be suggested for the 9 sessions of mentoring. Instead we propose to give suggestions for LCP and mentee to consider and to implement, with the flexibility and adaptation that are needed.


For this meeting, the suggestion is for the LCP to focus on discussing:

Part A

      • Review of the previous sessions’ experiences – major positive elements, what needs change/improvement, emotional state of mind during and after the sessions,
      • Help develop a doable action plan and support its implementation (regarding the topics addressed so far): give support on identification of objectives, signalization of initiatives/actions, definition of major steps to accomplish objectives, definition of monitoring strategies.
      • Provide constructive feedback
      • Identify strengths and achievements and explore options
      • Coach on specific areas of difficulty/needs if need
      • Create opportunities for mentees to gain experience


Part B

      • Bureaucracy, legislation and networking

a. What those concepts mean for the mentee – accordingly to this:

i. The impact of bureaucracy in my life

ii. Why do I need to be able to read and understand legislation?

iii. How to establish efficient (in)formal networks

A. Reinforce of autonomy

a. Give support during automatization

b. Provide support in difficulties, frustration and/or during absence

c. Support the enhancement of intrapersonal reinforcement strategies



B. Bureaucracy, legislation and networking


  1. Brief joint discussion on “the impact of bureaucracy in my life”

Justification: It is essential that mentee reflects critically on the impact of acknowledging that bureaucracy is a part of his/her life and, accordingly to this, to develop strategies to efficiently handle it. To accomplish this, we suggest a discussion on the topic, followed by the identification of key skills to be enhanced – many of those skills are already being developed (e.g., frustration management, planning in advance, etc) so there will be no need to a new action plan. Nevertheless, if new skills are identified and/or if there is a need to reinforce some skills we strongly suggest adjusting/adapt the action plan that is in place. Do not forget to promote intrapersonal management/reinforcement skills!


  1. “Why do I need to be able to read and understand legislation”

Justification: legislation is a part of all active citizens’ life and the mentee is no exception. To better help him/her understand the importance of legislation we suggest a practical activity: Mentee and LCP choose a topic the mentee is really interested in “doing something about” (e.g., write a letter to the municipality asking for more help from the government for children ageing out of care, making a formal complaint in an official organization, etc.)  and they will revise two key legal documents on this topic to use them to write a formal statement. After the task is done, a brief joint oral assessment of satisfaction and learning should occur (“what have we learned today”, “did I like this? Why?”, “which were my main difficulties”, etc.).


  1. How to establish efficient (in)formal networks –

Justification: To establish and nurture (in)formal networks is a long-term process, which is not easy for children with long paths in the care system. In previous sessions mentee (the mentoring activities focusing on Community Participation and Communication and Interpersonal relationships) already did analysis/reflection and define some goals/actions on this matter. Therefore, the first part of this activity is to assess what has actually been done, what has not and why, major difficulties and achievements. Accordingly, to that, this part of the action plan should be revised. If needed, simulation of networking establishment can be done (e.g., how to contact and nurture a positive relationship with the landlord, how to establish and nurture friendships with people from the gym, etc.).