For more than a decade, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership has been working to expand the world of quality mentoring. MENTOR believes that, with the help and guidance of an adult mentor, each child can discover how to unlock and achieve his or her potential.
MENTOR is widely acknowledged as the nation’s premier advocate and resource for the expansion of mentoring initiatives nationwide. As such, MENTOR works with a strong network of State and Local Mentoring Partnerships to leverage resources and provide the support and tools that mentoring organizations need to effectively serve young people in their communities.
MENTOR recognizes that, although nearly 17.6 million young Americans need or want mentoring, only 3 million are in formal, high-quality mentoring relationships. That means more than 14.6 million young people still need mentors. That unmet need constitutes what we call the “mentoring gap.” MENTOR works to close that gap.
National Mentoring Center
The National Mentoring Center at Education Northwest provides training, resources, technical assistance, and other services to individuals and mentoring programs for the last 20 years. The National Mentoring Center is offering a new online resource which illustrates common challenges and proven strategies titled Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors.
Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors is an online resource for mentors which includes 13 short interactive training videos of first hand experiences. The course will give mentors the tools so you will be able to handle difficult situations and challenges through consistent recommended approaches, empathize with mentees by noticing both verbal and non-verbal cues, and redirect mentee requests that are outside the boundaries of your relationship. The course will also help mentors know when to refer your mentee to program staff, help your mentee identify their options, and provide recommendations without judgement or coercion.
Mentoring Central is a resource for mentors which includes research pertinent to questions mentors may have as well as online training courses. The research conducted by iRT Prevention is committed to producing high quality information which is relevant to current issues and focuses on enhancing the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families.
Mentoring Partnership: SPARK
Help your mentee find their meaning and purpose in life by discovering their SPARK! When young know their spark and have individuals supporting their spark in life they are more likely to have a sense of purpose, be socially competent, and physically healthy. They are also more likely to volunteer to help others, have better attendance in school as well as higher grades.
The Mentoring Partnership has resources and tips available to mentor’s to help their mentees discover their spark as well as how to support their mentee develop their spark further.
MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership for the last two decades has been working towards helping as many young people receive the support and guidance needed to lead to successful and meaningful lives. MENTOR provides young people a public voice and supplies resources to mentor programs to enhance the tools available to
MENTOR is working towards closing the “mentoring gap” between the number of mentors and the number of young adults who want or need a mentor. There are still close to 15 million young people who are waiting for a caring adult to step into their lives.
The Mentoring Group
The Mentoring Group is a resource which hopes to provide consulting and technical assistance, skill-based training, skill assessment, research and evaluation, as well as publications related to mentoring.
The Mentoring Group has many archived articles including an article about the importance of active listening which they view as the most important aspect of mentoring. There is a quiz available to help you see what you are doing well and what you can improve on. Go through the article to see How Well You Are Listening.
Education Northwest: Talking It Through
Education Northwest is an online resource for mentors with a new video training series on communication between mentor and mentee called Talking It Through. The video series covers many topics which may be difficult to talk about and offers advice on how to handle these real life situations. The topics covered in the videos include bullying, money issues, school transitions, relationships, and more. It is a great tool for mentors to help you learn the tools to know what to say when and how to effectively talk with your mentee.