The goal of mentoring in Extension is to provide a professional, educational, and personal support system for the new agent (or “mentee”). Achieving this goal will enhance the mentee’s job performance by:

  • Identifying resources and resource persons for the mentee
  • Educating the mentee in all organizational philosophy, goals, policies, and values
  • Sharing skills and knowledge of one or more experienced and successful Extension professional to meet the needs of the mentee
  • Strengthening the mentee’s leadership skills and self-confidence
  • Fostering open communication and dialogue

By accomplishing these objective, mentees will experience an easier transition into the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, thus accelerating the productivity of the mentee and enhancing the effectiveness of Extension.