For Mentoring Programs

The following resources were grouped to provide organizations and institutions with quality information to ensure effective and meaningful programming. New resources are listed at the top of this page.

National Mentoring Resource Center

NMRCThe National Mentoring Resource Center, launched in November 2014, serves as a comprehensive and reliable resource for mentoring tools and information, as well as program and training materials

Funded by OJJDP and managed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the goal of the NMRC is to pair evidence-based practices with training and technical assistance to help improve the quality of youth mentoring programs across the nation. 

Check out their collection of mentoring handbooks, curricula, manuals, and other resources for programs to use.

Programs can also apply for free technical assistance. As an affiliate Mentoring Partnership, MPM serves as a technical assistance provider to mentoring programs that apply for and are approved to receive this no-cost benefit.

PR ToolkitPR Toolkit
MPM has worked with the PR firm, Weber Shandwick, to create a thorough PR Toolkit for every user, no matter how much (or little) experience you may have working with the media, to leverage effective media strategies. As a 2013 Weber Shandwick "Making a Difference" pro bono client, MPM worked extensively with its experts and with our network of mentoring programs to create a resource that will help boost media engagement and exposure for your mentoring programs. Below you will find a copy of the complete PR Toolkit as well as customizable templates for your organization.

Training Institute
The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota’s (MPM) Training Institute offers technical assistance and training support to help start, maintain and sustain quality mentoring initiatives, and to prepare both mentors and mentees to make the most of their mentoring relationships.

Upcoming workshops offered by MPM

Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) - The QMAP, a guided, online self-assessment, was developed based on the best practices outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for MentoringTM, as well as insight from experienced mentoring and evaluation practitioners. Through the QMAP, MPM provides free technical assistance and evaluation, as well as access to hundreds of free resources, to help programs validate and strengthen program quality.  Completing the QMAP also allows programs to become one of MPM's Dedicated or Expert Partners.

Elements of Effective Practice for MentoringTM

The Elements of Effective Practice for MentoringTM (EEP) include measures any mentoring program can implement to offer the best mentoring possible.

Elements of Effective Practice Tool Kit - This resource is comprised of tools, templates and advice that complement the EEP. The toolkit is available for free download at the link above or from MPM in hard copy format. Contact for more information on purchasing a copy.

Best Practices for Mentoring Programs - To find out what works and why, The Evaluation, Management and Training (EMT) Group interviewed 50 mentor program managers throughout California to uncover the practical wisdom they had gained working on the front lines of mentoring.

General Program Design

Foundations of Successful Youth Mentoring: A Guidebook for Program Development - Meant to give your program a solid understanding of what it takes to build a successful program, with the expectation that you will build on this foundation by continuing to implement new ideas, apply new mentoring research, and refine your program’s strategies and services over time. 

Generic Mentoring Program Policy and Procedure ManualThis resource makes it simple for mentoring programs to create their own customized manual to guide both policy and day-to-day services. Be sure to download the Customizable Template.

Mentoring for Specific Populations

Tools For Mentoring Adolescents - Tools for Mentoring Adolescents were developed by MPM in collaboration with the Search Institute to support and strengthen relationships between mentors and mentees.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities - Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD) is committed to empowering young people with disabilities to reach their full potential for personal development.

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) Resources - These fact sheets for youth with disabilities were written by youth with disabilities.

Financial Literacy Resources - This is a collection of resources, links and tools to assist adults with promoting financial literacy for children and youth; includes information about how to get involved in Teach Children to Save Day, curriculum from ShareSaveSpend and more.

Program Management

Sustainability Planning and Resource Development for Youth Mentoring Programs - This resource examines effective planning strategies, corporate giving, foundation support, government grants, individual giving campaigns, local fundraising events, and short articles on the ethics of fundraising and increasing board involvement.

Youth Funders Database - Access Philanthropy and Youth Community Connections have partnered to launch a new funders database.  The online database is designed to allow youth service providers and organizations in Minnesota to search for funding opportunities, as well as organizations that fund quality youth opportunities.

Program Operations 

MPM's Mentee Training Resource - Many mentoring programs focus significant attention on training and preparing new mentors for their relationship with a young person. But how are programs preparing new mentees to make the most of their mentoring relationships? The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota’s Executive Youth Board set out to answer that question and based upon what they learned, decided to develop new resources and provide a place to share ideas for preparing mentees for successful mentoring relationships.

Sparks - Helping Teenagers Succeed - Discovering and nurturing teenagers' sparks helps them succeed.  To help mentors become spark champions, MPM collaborated with Search Institute to create these new tools and training resources.

Criminal Background Screening Resources from MPM - Resources from MPM to help you find a screening package that fits your programs needs.

Working With Mentors - Recruitment strategies, screening, training, and matching ideas for working with mentors.

Recruiting Mentors: A Guide To Finding Volunteers To Work With Youth - Drawing on effective practices used by volunteer-based organizations and on research findings about mentoring, this collection contains recruitment strategies that programs can adapt to meet their particular circumstances.

Preparing Participants for Mentoring: The U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Program’s Guide to Initial Training of Volunteers, Youth, and Parents - This guidebook is designed to help mentoring programs prepare for and deliver initial training sessions for mentors, parents, and youth participants. Many of the concepts and techniques in this book will also be useful for ongoing training situations as your program provides continued support to participants.

Training New Mentors - A comprehensive guide to providing mentors with initial training, complete with over a dozen ready-to-use training activities.

MPM K-12 Journey Map - This online tool is Minnesota's first interactive outline mapping major milestones for youth as they prepare for post-secondary education.  The map included links to resources that support the milestones, from taking a career interest finder to finding ways to pay for college.  The MPM K-12 Journey Map is sponsored by GE and the University of Minnesota.  A toolkit with additional information and how to use the Journey Map is also available.

Mentoring Central's Mentor Training Courses - A new web-based mentor's training by Dr. Jean Rhodes and Dr. Janis Kupersmidt.  Cost: $25

Men in Mentoring Toolkit - Because recruiting male mentors is one of the biggest challenges programs report, Mentor Michigan developed this toolkit to provide programs with recruiting language and tips for a male audience.

Youth Impact (Volume 2): "MySpace and YouTube and Blogs, Oh My! Enhancing Your Youth Program With Web 2.0 Tools" - Youth Impact is a publication from Learns: The Tutor.

Social Media & Mentoring - This resource from Mentor Michigan provides youth mentoring programs with tools on how to best utilize social networking to support mentors and mentees, recruit new volunteers, and market their program.

Program Evaluation

Evaluation Instrument Toolkit - From Oregon Mentors, this is a collection of downloadable evaluation instruments, surveys, scales, and questionnaires designed to provide youth mentoring programs with increased access to reliable evaluation tools.

Mentoring Resource Collections

Handouts from Mentoring for Meaningful Results (published by Search Institute) - The Search Institute, whose 40 Developmental Assets have formed a key component of most youth work today, have made several sections and handouts from their widely acclaimed Mentoring for Meaningful Results guidebook available.  These can easily be incorporated into mentor or parent orientations.

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership - MENTOR’s resource page is added to regularly to keep you up-to-date on the latest in mentoring information.

National Mentoring Center at Education Northwest - Resources on program design, mentor recruitment, participant training, volunteer screening, school-based mentoring/tutoring, relationship support, sustainability and fundraising, and mentoring special populations.

Corporation for National and Community Service/LEARNS - LEARNS is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to provide training and technical assistance to projects focused on literacy, education, mentoring, and out-of-school time. LEARNS is a partnership of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) and the Bank Street College of Education (BSC).

Youth Empowerment Seminars (YES!) - Based out of Australia, YES! focuses on practices and resources for volunteer adult mentors involved in mentoring relationships; Teachers as mentors of students; and School Peer Mentor Programs, where older students guide and encourage younger students to reach their potential in a safe and secure school environment.

Peer Resources - Peer Resources is Canada's leading organization for mentor research, training, consultation, and program development.

Learns: The Tutor - In-depth articles for tutor, mentor, and other youth-focused programs

Research Articles

First Do No Harm: Ethical Principles for Youth Mentoring Relationships - Article from Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, written by faculty from Boston College, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts.