Program Resources

Resources for programs, youth-advocacy organizations, and mentoring groups.

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


Leading with Intention: Taking Action for Racial Justice

MENTOR New York's Guide on leading with intention, guiding mentoring, and taking action in the fight for racial justice.

Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color

Partners MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and My Brother's Keeper Alliance's (MBKA) guide to mentoring boys and young men of color (BYMOC). The guide includes insights on critical mentoring, a strengths-based and liberatory approach to mentoring.

We See You: Mentoring BYOMC

Watch President & CEO Atrayus Goode discuss Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color through a Racial Equity Lens with leaders from 100 Black Men of America.

Mentoring Native Youth

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's guide for mentoring youth within American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

Learning Modules, Webinars, and More

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's guide for mentoring around race, inclusion, and cultural respect.

Mentoring Immigrant & Refugee Youth

A supplemental guide to MENTOR’s How to Build a Successful
Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice on mentoring immigrant & refugee youth.


"Critical mentoring places youth at the center of the process, challenging norms of adult and institutional authority and notions of saviorism to create collaborative partnerships with youth and communities that recognize there are multiple sources of expertise and knowledge."

Mentoring Youth in Rural Settings

Provided by the National Mentoring Resource Center, this review examines research on mentoring for youth who reside in rural settings.

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.

Mental Health & Mentoring



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.

Supporting 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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