I’m not an expert on teaching kids or mentoring adults.
I just mentioned it because this “cover your arse” mentality is quite pervasive.
I have seen various (small) business owners say they won’t even HIRE a woman now because they’re worried about a rape etc accusation destroying the business.
If I ran a business, if it was customer facing I’d hire loads of women! For the simple fact that in my experience people react better to a woman than to me.
For reference, I used to run a café/chocolatier and I run an airbnb currently. The last repeats itself again and again.
My partner and I run it and the reactions when she does the check-in are noticeably different to when I do it, and we’re reading from the same script (that I wrote!)
Now it occurs to me that there is a far easier, tested solution to the mentor/mentee issue, which is simply to not be alone with the mentee if you are that worried about it.
If you can mentor one then why not mentor 2?
At the same time.