Iowa Mentor offers several services and resources for our many mentoring programs throughout the state. One of our primary purposes is to help service and assist mentoring programs by providing technical assistance, resources, support, and trainings to our mentoring professionals.
In this section you will find information and resources which are tailored to mentoring programs and program staff, such as how to become certified with the IMP, research and resources for programs, trainings, advocacy resources, and information on e-mentoring.
Iowa Mentor strives to expand the network of quality mentoring programs that help build brighter futures for children and youth. Certification with the IMP provides support to youth mentoring programs across the state and affiliation with the network of quality programs.The IMP utilizes a process for certification through the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS), based on the Elements of Effective Practice For Mentoring.
To learn how to become certified through the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) with the IMP, click the Program Certification tab.
In this section, you will find a number of educational resources pertaining to youth mentoring. Iowa Mentor provides links and resources pertaining to publications published by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, research from organizations specializing in youth development research, as well as the results from a national survey on mentoring in the United States.
If you or your program is in need of information and resources to better inform your practice, click the Program Resources tab and sift through what we have provided.
Iowa Mentor offers several services to better educate, support and prepare programs for their tailored needs in their community. We host conferences for mentoring professionals across the state, facilitating Peer Share Calls among our programs, and also sharing and preparing webinar trainings for the convenience and enrichment of the programs we serve.
In order to access information on our past trainings or information pertaining to future trainings, click the Training tab and find out more on how we help to better equip mentoring programs.
Advocacy encompasses a wide range of activities that influence legislators and decision makers. Engaging in advocacy can raise awareness and funds for your organization's mission and attract positive media attention to your program. IMP provides information on how to contact your state legislator, advocacy tool kits to help inform strategy, as well as an advocacy letter template.
If you and your program are in need of helpful tips and resources to better advocate for mentoring in the state of Iowa, click the Advocacy tab and utilize our resources.
E-Mentoring helps establish caring and structured relationships by using technology to connect mentors and mentees.
In order to find out how your program can incorporate and utilize e-mentoring into your program, contact Iowa Mentor staff.