Mentor Recognition Badges

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The YouthBuild Mentor Recognition Badges are a unique and innovative form of mentor recognition that will help your program celebrate the achievements of your volunteer mentors and the students they work with. They can be used to reward mentors, honor extra contributions, motivate matches to try new activities, and create a culture of deeper program involvement. The badges and mentoring "levels" listed below can be bestowed electronically (such as via email or on your website or Facebook page) or in print form (such as on stickers, t-shirts, or mentor certificates). Use them however they will work best for your particular volunteers and within your larger mentor recognition strategy.

  • Mentor Recognition Badges User Guide
    The User Guide explains the specifics of each badge and the criteria for awarding, as well as advice for implementing the badge concept at your site and tips for working with the files.

The Badges and Levels of Mentoring

Mentors can earn badges for a variety of activities in five broad categories noted below, as well as move up a “level,” an additional reward that recognizes the sum of their contributions. For each badge, we have provided:

  • A small JPEG version (800 X 800 pixels; great for use on websites and social media)
  • A large JPEG version (1800 X 1800 pixels; perfect for use on posters, t-shirts, and other large print jobs)
  • A PDF that allows you to print 2" X 2" stickers on this standard Avery Template: 22806 (perfect for placing on thank-you cards, certificates, or displays in the office.

Mentoring Relationship Badges

Complete the group mentoring period
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Initiation of first one-on-one match
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Additional/concurrent matches
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Consistent meetings
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Mentee completes YouthBuild
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Match reaches 12 months
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Year(s) of mentoring
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Match for Life
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Life Plan and Life Goal Activity Badges

Exploring post-secondary education
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Mentee applies to post-secondary education
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Mentee enrolls in post-secondary education
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Searching for a job
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Finding a job (with mentor’s help)
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Meeting a health goal (with mentor’s help)
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Meeting a family-related goal (with mentor’s help)
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Meeting a financial goal (with mentor’s help)
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Mentor arranges job shadow
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Mentor arranges participation in other services
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Mentee successfully completes probation
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Overcoming a BIG challenge
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Service and Community Badges

Participate in four (4) service activities
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Organize a service activity
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Volunteering together in the community
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Mentee joins AmeriCorps or other service organization
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Community champion
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Program Support Badges

Helps train new mentors
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Organizes a group activity or event
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Provides snacks or meal for an event
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Volunteers with program administration
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Joins advisory committee or board
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Recruits other mentors
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Provides or develops in-kind or financial support
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Provides technical professional support
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Just-for-Fun Badges

Creative problem solving
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Artistic activity
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Attend sporting event
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Exercise together
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Mentee learns new skill
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Mentor learns new skill
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Shared hobby
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Back to nature
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Attend movie or play
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Building together
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Road trip
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Take a class together
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Family involvement
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Levels of Mentoring

Mentor
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Senior Mentor
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Advanced Mentor
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Master Mentor
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Program Champion
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All Levels in Large Format (for Printing on T-Shirts or Posters)
T-shirt designs