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Mentoring Resources for Providers:

In this section you will find a number of educational resources pertaining to youth mentoring.  We hope this section will serve as a resource for mentoring programs that are well-established, or just getting started.

Program Design:

Foundations of Successful Youth Mentoring (2008)
A cornerstone resource, created by Education Northwest, for developing all types of youth mentoring programs across a variety of settings.  A useful resource for start-up efforts and established programs alike.

Generic Mentoring Program Policy and Procedure Manual (2008)
Also created by Education Northwest, this 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 version in Word format as well.

How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice
Published by MENTOR (the National Mentoring Partnership), the comprehensive tool kit, which is available in both English and Spanish languages, includes tools, templates and advice for implementing and adhering to the second edition of the Elements of Effective Practice - guidelines that, when followed, will help to ensure quality mentoring.

Mentoring Resource Center: Evidence Based Practice
An exploration of how research influences practice in the mentoring field.

Mentor Recruitment:

Iowa Mentoring Partnership Statewide Recruitment Packet
Includes a compilation of resources from a variety of mentoring websites.

Effective Mentor Recruitment: Getting Organized, Getting Results

Developed by Education Northwest, this resource combines strategies for identifying and recruiting potential mentors with planning worksheets that can help organize a comprehensive recruitment campaign.

Mentoring Across Generations: Engaging 50+ Adults as Mentors
Created by MENTOR (the National Mentoring Partnership) as a component of the Research in Action series, this document provides a number of tips and hints for cross-generational mentor recruitment.

Recruitment Tips for a Mentoring Program
Produced specifically for mentoring programs by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Men in Mentoring Toolkit
Created by Mentor Michigan, this toolkit is designed to provide program staff and their trained mentor recruiters with language and tips to use when making the ask.  The materials highlight essential steps for recruiting male mentors address the main components of a complete recruitment message.

Marketing for the Recruitment of Mentors: A Guide to Finding and Attracting Volunteers
A guidebook, developed by Education Northwest that applies marketing strategies to volunteer recruitment and examines strategies for developing effective ads, creating brand equity, testing marketing messages and exploring the wide variety of print and broadcast media available to local programs.  

Relationship Support:

Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors
A great mentor training supplement, developed by Education Northwest, that provides mentors with ten simple tips for effective relationship development.  The guide is filled with real quotes from mentors and youth about the value of mentor traits such as active listening, being positive, and giving youth a role in selecting activities.

Fostering Close and Effective Relationships in Youth Mentoring Programs
Published by MENTOR (the National Mentoring Partnership), this resource utilizes the Elements of Effective Practice as a guide for creating and sustaining effective mentoring relationships.

Overcoming Relationship Pitfalls
Fact sheet, created by Education Northwest, that explore the typical cycle of mentoring relationships and the common stumbling blocks that can occur along the way.

Ongoing Training for Mentors: Twelve Interactive Sessions for U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Programs
This training guide provides 12 ready-to-use trainingactivities that can enhance mentor skills and support them in their relationships with youth over time. Topics covered include setting boundaries with youth, exploring culture and identity, helping with homework, effective communication, and working with the mentee's family.

Sustainability and Fundraising:

Sustainability Planning and Resource Development for Youth Mentoring Programs
A guidebook, developed by Education Northwest and revised in 2007, provides detailed advice for creating a customized sustainability plan. Specific chapters cover common funding streams, such as government grants, foundations, and individual giving campaigns.

Money Saving Tips for Nonprofits
To help your nonprofit save money on the things you're paying for now, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has highlighted a number of way to trim your existing budget. 

Show Us the Money! Fundraising for Mentoring Programs
Published by the EMT Group, this resource provides fundraising tips and tricks for local mentoring programs. 

The Finance Project: Finding Resources to Support Mentoring Programs and Services for Youth
Highlights three strategies that leaders and stakeholders can use to finance and sustain mentoring programs and services for youth. These strategies include building partnerships with businesses and foundations, conducting community fundraisingto generate revenue, and maximizing public revenue. Also provides information on 25 federal funding sources that can be used to finance and sustain these programs.

Program Evaluation:

Hemingway: Measure of Adolescent Connectedness
Provides information and resources to aid in the distribution and effective use of the Hemingway Measure of Adolescent Connectedness, the first research-based measure of adolescent connectedness. The Hemingway was developed in response to the need for an effective way to evaluate the impact of a high school mentoring program. Adolescents' level of "connectedness" to family, school, friends, and self has been found to contribute to academic performance but also predict violence and substance use. Fortunately, the school environment directly influences students' levels of connectedness such that connectedness appears malleable to school-based interventions.

Match Characteristics Questionnaire and the Youth Mentoring Survey 
Match quality is the key to enduring mentoring matches. To measure it, John Harris and Michael Nakkula created complementary match quality surveys, the Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) and the Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS). The YMS and the MCQ are respected nationally for their comprehensive insight and currently are used on four continents. The MCQ and the YMS also can augment or replace existing match supervision tools.

Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation
A tool that explains program evaluation - what it is, how to understand it, and how to do it.  Also provides information that answers your questions about evaluation and explains how to use evaluation to improve programs.

What's Working?  Tools for Evaluating Your Mentoring Program
An evaluation tool kit designed to help you gain a better understanding of the benefits your participants may derive from the program you provide.  It includes surveys, focus group questions, and interview questions, all of which are intended to gather information from mentees, mentors, and others (such as teachers and parents) who are involved with or in some other way are familiar with your program.


Education Northwest: National Mentoring Center Resources

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership: Find Resources

U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Resource Center: Online Resources

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