Coaches & Mentoring Programs
Learning more about Living Kidney Transplants and being better prepared to communicate that need to others will boost confidence and empower people to succeed in pursuing a living kidney donation. This information is more compelling when it is shared by a kidney transplant recipient or living donor.
The Living Kidney Donors Network coaches and mentors transplant recipients, living donors and, in some instances, family members of recipients and donors.
The Living Kidney Donors Network Coaches play an important role in the classroom. They lead the educational class and the communication breakout sessions. They help individuals identify and overcome fears and concerns they have about letting others know about their condition. In the small group setting, they help individuals draft talking points and work with them to practice their presentations. They provide constructive feedback on how participants can improve their communication skills. They also review good networking practices so everyone can apply the information they’ve learned about living donation and be effective communicators about their need.
Mentors, for Recipients and Donors
Recipients and donors will likely face an experience they have not had before. If they are willing to speak to someone who has been through the experience, the Living Kidney Donors Network will match up potential recipients and donors with people who have been through the experience.
Having direct contact with someone who has been through the experience can provide an important outlet. Barriers and resistance are removed more readily when speaking to a Mentor. Mentoring experiences often develop into unique long term relationships and could be key factors in someone’s success at pursuing living kidney donation.