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The Mentoring Landscape in the Carolinas

In 2016, then Movement of Youth (MOY), was commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to explore the possibility of relaunching a MENTOR Affiliate in the Carolinas. From May 2017 to November 2017, MOY conducted a multi-state feasibility study to determine the feasibility and areas of focus. More than 90 respondents serving approximately 4,700 total youth served in 2016 were represented in the data.

The study was led by Inspirus Consulting, Inc., a full-service Organization Development (OD) consultancy that works across multiple levels of systems to fully engage individuals, teams, organizations and communities where appropriate.


Based on summary findings from the data, mentoring agencies reported the top 5 opportunities that presented areas of need in which their programs could benefit from additional support:

  1. Mentor Recruitment. Agencies reported that “At-risk” youth were difficult to match with mentors at times, particularly when there were racial differences between the mentor and mentee (e.g. white mentor paired with black youth). Additionally, assistance with best practices for recruiting, training, screening, matching, and monitoring/supporting mentors was a recurring theme.
  2. Fund Development. While agencies reported that they were increasing in youth served, program budgets were not growing at a rate to support scaling up service efforts. Support with grant writing, introductions to funders, and fund development templates were listed as technical assistance needs.
  3. Program Evaluation/Data Collection. While access to funding was reported as a need, one of the barriers reported was related to support needed in capturing program outcomes and articulating impact to potential funders in a compelling way.
  4. Capacity Building. Several agencies expressed concern with the future of their programs as it relates to infrastructure. Specifically, hiring additional support staff, expanding program office space, and supporting new mentor/mentee programming were listed as top priorities.
  5. Professional Development. The need for access to networks, professional organizations, tools, and best practices for mentoring was listed as a key technical assistance need as it relates to addressing program challenges.

Learn more about how YMC works through the PACE (Youth Power, Awareness, Capacity, Engagement) framework to address community needs.

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