Select Facebook Groups Are Getting Its Mentorship Feature

Those that focus on parenting, professional and personal development are first up

All communications between mentors and mentees are only visible to the pair Facebook

The Mentorship feature that Facebook introduced at its second annual Social Good Forum last November is being extended to groups.

Mentorship product manager Gabriel Cohen announced in a Newsroom post that starting Thursday, Mentorship is available to people 18 and older in select groups that focus on topics such as parenting, professional development and personal development, with plans to add categories in the coming months.

Group administrators can choose from a variety of template programs—including career advancement, skill development and encouragement and support—based on the needs of their communities.

Members of groups can then sign up to be mentors or mentees, with admins pairing them up.

Once that happens, pairs can get to know each other and work through program steps in one-on-one guided mentorship programs on Facebook. They can share and comments on posts there, or communicate via Messenger. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to check in with each other weekly.

Cohen said all communications between mentors and mentees are only visible to the pair and, should issues surface, mentors and mentees have access to the same blocking and reporting features available throughout Facebook.

He wrote, “More than 200 million people on Facebook are members of groups that they consider meaningful. They use groups to build and foster supportive communities around topics that matter to them. Today, we’re bringing Mentorship to Facebook groups to make it easier for people who want help achieving their goals to connect with others in their community who have the experience or expertise to help.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.