It might sound like a cliché, but you can act out or role-play social situations with your teen to help him or her feel more at ease in different circumstances. Rehearse together and go over potential scenarios so that your child feels prepared.
Mentors are not just for college kids and entry-level worker bees. A mentor can provide guidance and build confidence at any age. MENTOR has online resources for teens or consider asking a family friend or teacher who your teen admires.