Elements of Effective Practices for Mentoring
Above, find a collection of resources on best practices for youth mentoring programs including MENTOR’s cornerstone publication, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, and six supplements on various specialty models and populations. These guides detail research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships.
The six evidence-based Standards are intended to be applicable across almost every type of youth mentoring program. Each Standard includes Benchmarks to ensure the safety and effectiveness of mentoring relationships, as well as Enhancements that may be promising, innovative and useful for programs.
Racial Justice & Cultural Responsiveness
Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
"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.
Mental Health & Mentoring
A toolbox provided by Mental Health America of the Central Carolinas. This toolbox details resources on a state and national level.
"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.
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.
NAMI provides resources for best supporting youth by age group, with links for youth to navigate their own mental health journeys.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
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