The following resources provide mentoring programs quality information to ensure effective and meaningful programming.
The goal of the National Mentoring Resource Center is to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring programs and relationships across the country by supporting practitioners to more deeply incorporate evidence-based practices into their work. In 2013, the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) selected MENTOR to establish a national training and technical assistance center focused solely on mentoring. The NMRC builds on OJJDP’s history of leadership and investment in quality youth mentoring by harnessing the experience brought by MENTOR and its network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships. Below are a few helpful resources.
Key Topics in Mentoring: Guides with content about specific populations of youth in mentoring, as well as specific mentoring program types
Resources for Mentoring Programs: Collection of mentoring handbooks, curricula, manuals, and other resources that practitioners can use to implement and further develop program practices
Measurement Guidance Toolkit for Mentoring Programs: A go-to resource of recommended instruments for measuring key youth outcomes in mentoring programs
Tools to Strengthen Match Support & Closure: Tools for youth mentoring programs to address the challenges of proper support and eventual closure of matches
In 1991, MENTOR established evidence-based quality standards for mentoring programs with the publication of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. Now in the fourth edition, these standards are nationally-adopted by the field and serve as a guide to assist organizations in starting and operating quality mentoring programs. The Elements also inform policymakers and philanthropic investors.
The Mentoring Connector is the only national database of mentoring programs. The Mentoring Connector is a free service that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the country recruit more local volunteers while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can search for mentoring opportunities by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type to find and contact programs that interest them. Each year, potential volunteers looking for mentoring opportunities do more than 80,000 searches in this system.
The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR. The webinars focus on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice. The webinars are free and held each month on the third Thursday at noon.