This descriptive study stems from a pilot mentoring program that served as a small-scale replicaof a statewide program. The objectives of the study were to determine benefits and value toprotégés, mentors and the Extension organization. Three phases of data collection were utilized.Phase one and two were formative evaluations collected via questionnaires, consisting of openendedand Likert-scale questions. The third phase was a summative evaluation that utilized fourfocus groups consisting of one group of each of the following extension positions: DistrictExtension Directors, County Extension Directors, Mentors and Protégés. Data analysis for theLikert-scale questions consisted of a basis statistical test. Qualitative findings were analyzedusing content analysis to recognize major and minor themes and were then used to makejudgments on the findings and subsequent recommendations. Benefits and value were perceivedto be gained by both the mentors and protégés in the program. For example, protégés benefitedfrom the vision and support of being paired with a seasoned agent. The mentors gained personalsatisfaction from helping a new agent and they felt rejuvenated by working with a youngerenthusiastic protégé that gave the mentor a new fresh look at their job. The participants alsoprovided insight in regards to recommendations, guidelines and procedures towards what wouldmake an effective mentoring program.

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