The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition details research-informed and practitioner-approved standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and impactful mentoring relationships.


Each of the six evidence-based standards – recruitment, screening, training, matching & initiation, monitoring & support, closure – include benchmarks to ensure the safety and effectiveness of mentoring relationships, and enhancements that may be promising and innovative.

3 Powerful Reasons for you to Get Engaged

With national partners like the NBA Cares, Starbucks, LinkedIn, Deloitte, EY and Bank of America and state contributors to the mentoring movement like KPMG, Richey May and Home Advisors more and more companies are recognizing the power of mentoring.

The Business Case for Youth Mentoring

The case for business involvement in mentoring is simple. Mentoring adds value to individuals, business, and the community.

Seasonal Activities

Mentoring is fun during any season! However, being a mentor sometimes requires you to get creative when planning activities to do with your mentee. Adapted from our colleagues at Kansas Mentors, MENTOR Colorado wants to help you with this process, so we have created a list of activities that you can do in each season of the year.

A Year's Worth of Mentor Activities

Created by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, this document includes 52 ideas, one for each week of the year to do with your mentee.

100 Ideas to Use When Mentoring Youth

Activities and Conversations to Help Your Mentees Excel, written by Linda Phillips-Jones, Jean Ann Walth and Carlo Waith. List was developed from interviews and observations of mentors, mentees and youth program staffs and from several youth-development publications.

MENTOR Colorado - Colorado QMS Badging System

The MENTOR Colorado – Colorado QMS Badging System guide outlines how partners are recognized for their commitment to quality through participation in the NQMS and by actively engaging in a continuous improvement process.

The National Mentoring Resource Center improves the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the country through increased use of evidence-based practices and sharing practitioner innovations.

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools.

This online source shares new findings and ideas about youth mentoring.  The goal of the Chronicle is to encourage active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring.

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