Resource Library

Peruse our carefully researched and refined resources for caregivers, mentors, and programs.

For Youth

Youth Resources

Explore toolkits, written guides, and webinar recordings for mentees, peer mentors, and youth.

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Program Resources

Here, you'll find a collection of resources on best practices for youth mentoring programs including MENTOR’s Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, and six supplements on various speciality models and populations.


Mentor Resources

Youth Mentoring Collaborative is proud to share vetted resources for individuals looking to improve their mentoring skills. You can explore this library for a wide range of resources including training modules, guides, and toolkits.

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Caregivers Resources

When parents, guardians, and other caregivers work in harmony with mentors and program staff, it’s more likely that mentored youth will experience positive outcomes from the mentoring relationship.

So, Why Mentoring?

"In quality mentoring, the relationship results in the positive development of the youth toward a healthy and productive future in which the young person can achieve his or her fullest potential." - a Report for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

More on Mentoring

Young people who had mentors report:

  • Setting higher educational goals and are more likely to attend college than those without mentors.
  • Engaging in more productive and beneficial behavior in and outside of a school setting.
  • They enjoy their mentors - mentors help mentees stay on track in school, make good choices, and provide consistent support
Critical Perspectives on Mentoring

While it is critically important to ensure that youth have access to resources and opportunities that support their growth and development, one must also consider the societal context in which young people, in particular youth of color, are forced to deal with complex life challenges that systematically strips them of power and agency on a daily basis.

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself." -Oprah Winfrey

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Frederick Douglass

YMC's Glossary

We often use a lot of jargon-y terms to get our point across. Learn how we define things like, "BIPOC," "Opportunity Youth," "Structural Racism," and more.

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Youth Mentoring Collaborative Webinars

Explore our monthly Mentoring Meet-Ups, free webinars hosted by one or more YMC team members. Recordings can be found on our YouTube channel.

Mentoring Meet-Up: The Courage to Thrive

The Youth Mentoring Collaborative team led participants through a high-level overview of YMC's rebrand, the Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium, our Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year scholarship award, and our no-cost consulting services. Listen for more information about our no and low-cost consulting services and answers to your questions about who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

Mentoring Meet-Up: How to Tell Your Story

The Youth Mentoring Collaborative team members Hannah McKinney and Frank Pollock led participants through a four-part storytelling lecture. Throughout the webinar, participants practiced storytelling frameworks, received tools and resources, and understood why storytelling is so important. Listen for more information about how to tell your story as a nonprofit professional.

Mentoring Meet-Up: National Mentoring Day

The Youth Mentoring Collaborative team spoke with panelists Sonali Ratnasinghe of General Services Foundation, Samantha Dikolli of Kompleks Creative, and Granvel Johnson of Wake County Public Schools on the power of mentoring. Listen to real-life mentoring relationship examples from both the mentor and mentee perspectives.


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