160+ Fun Ideas and 234 Discussion topics for the Mentoring Journey

A number of ideas, including activities to do with mentees, have been gathered from a variety of mentoring programs. 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. The Ebooks containing these topics and heaps of other resources were launched in the new Spirit of Mentoring series in October 2020. One of these FREE Ebooks More tips, strategies and 167 Fun ideas for the mentoring journey is now available


This is the first of six books in The Spirit of Mentoring series.

EBook 1: More tips, strategies and 167 Fun ideas for the mentoring journey – published in October 2020

EBook 2: More tips, strategies and true stories to develop meaningful mentoring relationships – published in October 2020

Book 3: More tips, strategies and 234 Discussion topics for the mentoring journey – published in October 2020.

EBooks 4 and 5 will be exclusive FREE offers to select readers Details can be found when you download your FREE copy of EBook 2:

Book 4: 25 Fun activities, more tips, strategies and true stories to inspire youth – due out in March 2021. I have about twenty-five unpublished fun activities, all of which are enjoyed by young people and relevant for the mentoring journey, as well as more true mentoring stories and additional tips and strategies to encourage positive and meaningful mentoring relationships.

Book 5: 10 WEEKS New Mentoring Minutes Messages to encourage youth – due out in July 2021. My recently published book, Mentoring Minutes: Weekly Messages to Encourage  Anyone Working with Youth had an additional fifty messages which were not published. These will be edited and updated, with more youth mentoring tips and strategies added.

Book 6: The 7 Step Plan: Proven steps to guide youth to reach their potential – due out in late 2021 (possibly September). I have mentored and coached over 1000 teenagers to strive to reach their potential. In this ebook I’ll share the ‘7 Step’ approach which effectively motivates and inspires most (not all) youth to reach their potential.

Please keep checking back to see how things are progressing. I’ll update my website as these Ebooks become available. If you require more information don’t hesitate to contact me.

  1. Set your mentoring goals together
  2. Help with some homework
  3. Make dinner together
  4. Participate in a Fun Run/Walk together
  5. Go out for a meal together
  6. Make popcorn and talk
  7. Go to a movie
  8. Pick fruit
  9. Go to a concert
  10. Go to the library
  11. Go to the theatre
  12. Visit a car museum
  13. Go to the swimming pools
  14. Go to the beach
  15. Visit a major harbor (where applicable)
  16. Go to the gym
  17. Play computer games
  18. Discuss responsible use of a mobile phone and how to handle text bullying in a responsible way.
  19. Visit your workplace
  20. Talk about planning a career
  21. Get together with friends from work
  22. Take tours of friends’ jobs
  23. Visit a tertiary institution
  24. Work on a Resume or C.V.
  25. Visit the SPCA
  26. Go rollerblading
  27. Go to an indoor climbing wall
  28. Go to the museum
  29. Visit an art gallery
  30. Do a personality test (on the computer)