Defining and Performing the Functions of Extension Mentors
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Mentor Relationship
Psychosocial Support
Career Development
Role Modeling


How to Cite

Harder, Amy, and Savanna Turner. 2021. “Defining and Performing the Functions of Extension Mentors: WC401/AEC740, 11/2021”. EDIS 2021 (6). Gainesville, FL.


This new 3-page document provides UF/IFAS Extension faculty serving as formal mentors with information about the three primary functions of a mentor and guidance on how to perform those functions using a mentor calendar. Written by Amy Harder and Savanna Turner and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.
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