Mentor Resources

Resources for mentors, advocates, and those supporting youth capacity building.

Tools to Help You Get Started

Thinking about becoming a mentor? Check out our Guide to Becoming a Mentor.

MENTOR's Growth Mindset Toolkit and Implementation Guide (available for download)

Explore RaceForward's toolkit for Collaborative Racial Equity Strategies.

The mentor's job is not to 'fix' the challenges that confront the mentee or their family, but to empower them to take the lead in the direction of their own lives while respecting the choices they make."

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th Edition

Mentoring Specific Youth Populations

A guide for mentors working with youth within American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

Explore the National Mentoring Resource Center's guide to mentoring youth in rural settings.

MENTOR National's Guide for Mentors around Race, Inclusion, and Cultural Respect

We See You: Mentoring BYOMC through a Racial Equity Lens

The Role of Mentoring Programs and Nonprofits in the fight for Racial Equity and Social Justice

Mentoring and Mental Health

Mental Health: Caring for Communities of Color

A toolbox provided by Mental Health America of the Central Carolinas. This toolbox details resources on a state and national level.

Trauma Informed Mentoring

Each of us has experienced trauma in one form or another. These traumatic experiences affect the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual health of a person. In order to foster positive outcomes, providers must acknowledge how trauma adversely affects a survivor’s response to the environment, stress, and daily activities. Trauma-informed practices can be applied to the mentoring relationship, as explained by Youth Collaboratory.

Supporting Grieving Youth Impacted by COVID-19

More than 200,000 children in the United States have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19. Hidden Pain US has gathered resources to help youth navigate the pain of loss.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI provides resources for best supporting youth by age group, with links for youth to navigate their own mental health journeys.



"Mental health is an important part of children’s overall health and well-being. Mental health includes children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. It affects how children think, feel, and act. It also plays a role in how children handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices." -CDC

Mentoring Youth with Disabilities

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Mentoring for Youth With Disabilities

The National Mentoring Resource Center

"Youth with disabilities are a vulnerable population with unique social, developmental, educational, and vocational needs." Explore some resources for mentoring youth with disabilities linked below.

Mentoring LGBTQ+ Youth

Explore YMC's resource for understanding how and why to use preferred pronouns.'s resource for personal pronouns: what, why, and how to use them.

MENTOR National's webinar and resource list regarding the implementation of "The LGBTQ+ Supplement" to MENTOR's EEPM.

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring's list of resources for mentoring LGBTQ+ youth, intended for mentors.

TransHubs' guide to language, terminology, and resources for mentoring and caregiving trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming youth.

The Human Rights Campaign's resources for equitable and inclusive care for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families.


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