For Mentoring Programs

These resources are designed for mentoring providers and MW partners, to maximize reach and impact.

1: Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition
MENTOR’s cornerstone publication, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, details research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. The Fourth Edition, released in September 2015, reflects the most up-to-date research, practice, and thinking in the mentoring field.

Elements of Effective Practice MW Training Powerpoints

These resources are provided to MW partners and mentoring organizations to increase EEP implementation and to bolster understanding of the EEP standards.

LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

The LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ responds to a long-standing call to extend the reach and quality of mentoring relationships to one of our nation’s most underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable populations- youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ). As a well-documented body of research has noted, large numbers of LGBTQQ youth are growing up at a deficit- facing difficult odds due to day-to-day experiences with societal stigma, victimization, bias, and rejection. Given such a landscape, there is a need for caring adults, advocates, and mentors now more than ever.

As a response to these concerns and as a part of a shared commitment by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) to improve mentoring services to all children and youth across the country, the LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ offers step-by-step operations guidance to develop safer, more affirming, and responsive mentoring relationships for LGBTQQ youth.

2: National Mentoring Resource Center

The National Mentoring Resource Center’s Measurement Guidance Toolkit provides recommended instruments for measuring key youth outcomes in mentoring programs as well as several risk and protective factors that may be relevant to program outcomes. The instruments recommended here are grouped into different domains in which mentoring has well-established potential for impact.

Program Toolkit

3: Grant Resources

Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future

The Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future grants are made possible by the passing of Senate Bill 5152 which created special license plates for the Seattle Sounders FC. The sale of these license plates contributes to this grant funding. The goal of this grant program is to increase the overall number of youth matched with a mentor. The maximum grant award is $5,000. Successful applicants will be required to provide a 50 percent match.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED February 14, 2020, May 15, 2020 & November 15, 2020

4: Training

Training New Mentors: Effective Strategies for Providing Quality Youth Mentoring in Schools and Communities

While almost any child can benefit from the magic of mentoring, those who design and implement mentoring programs also need guidance and support. Running an effective mentoring program is not easy, and there are many nuances and programmatic details that can have a big impact on outcomes for youth.

Amachi Military Mentor Training

This resource is a curriculum for mentors who will be working with youth in military families, often after a parent has been deployed. The curriculum consists of six “classroom” trainings intended to be delivered in-person and six additional webinars that can be offered at various points in the mentoring relationships as needed.

5: Program Resources

Conversations about Masculinity: How Mentors Can Support Young Men of Color

Conversations About Masculinity: How Mentors Can Support Young Men of Color is a research-backed and youth-informed guide to unpack the timely and critical topic of toxic masculinity. Our collective understanding of gender is evolving, and how we understand masculinity is evolving with it. With this guide, mentoring programs, practitioners, and mentors can reflect on their experiences, biases, and assumptions to more effectively leverage their strengths and the power of mentoring to support young people.

Informed by research, practice, and the experiences of young men from JPMorgan Chase’s The Fellowship Initiative, Conversations About Masculinity provides practical tips to support the development of relationships that encourage young men to explore expressions of masculinity to serve healthy decision making, self-development, and care for others. This report was made possible by generous support from The Fellowship Intiative at JPMorgan Chase & Co, Action Research Associates, and Vibrant Emotional Health.

Foster Youth Mentorship Training for Program Managers

This training toolkit provides information for Program Managers about the experiences of youth in the foster care system and tools to help them design mentoring programs that are responsive to their specific needs and experiences. The toolkit includes various modules with information on key topics related to mentoring for youth in foster care, as well as curricula and program development resources.

BGCA Best Practices: Mentoring Native Youth

This Best Practices resource contains tips and recommendations for mentoring practitioners for enhancing cultural competence in their work with Native youth. It includes information about cultural norms and cross-cultural communication as well as tips for training and retaining mentors, with specific information about training non-Native mentors.

Best Practices for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities

This resource is intended to help mentoring programs ensure that their services are designed and delivered in a way that is inclusive and supportive of youth with disabilities. Created by Partners for Youth with Disabilities, the guide covers examples of mentoring models from across the U.S., including practices for recruiting, screening, training, matching, supporting mentors and mentees, starting and sustaining a mentoring program, evaluation, transition, and resources. This guidebook offers advice both for programs serving this population exclusively as well as programs that simply want to effectively integrate these youth into an existing program.

Supporting Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma

Episodes of violence and trauma in young people’s communities, especially those that
arise from a place of systemic inequality, prejudice and racism, impact young people’s
lives in a variety of ways. Mentors are uniquely positioned to help young people process
these experiences by providing a space to express their emotions, ask for help, and
channel uncertain feelings into positive, constructive action.