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Mentoring Programs for Youth
This section includes tips on mentor recruitment, training, and retention.  The section also includes tips on starting and funding new mentor programs as well as tips on how to improve upon existing programs.

 

Change 2 Lives—Become a Mentor
This blog, sponsored by Youth Mentoring Connection (YMC) out of Los Angeles, informs you on programs and activities the YMC have executed successfully. If you are stumped on new activities to positively impact your mentees, head over to this blog and start brainstorming.

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Education Northwest: Resources
With hundreds of resources, you can search by a specific topic or focus area.

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Educause
Find information on helping pick your perfect mentoring style and situation, mentoring functions, and a step-by-step walk through the different phases your mentor-mentee relationship will go through.

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Eight Principles for Managing Mentors
The U.S. Department of Education offers strategies for motivating, supporting, and retaining volunteer mentors.

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Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
This guide offers information for starting a mentorship program. Elements include mentor/mentee recruitment, mentor training, matching participants, and monitoring outcomes.

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Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Checklist
This checklist briefly outlines issues discussed in the above guide.

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Helping Young People Succeed
This report offers suggestions to improve and sustain relations between youth development organizations and schools. Additionally, it outlines aspects of positive youth development, such as physical development, intellectual development, psychological and emotional development, and social development.

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Making the Grade: A Guide to Incorporating Academic Achievement into Mentoring Programs
The U.S. Department of Education offers a comprehensive guide to shifting mentoring programs’ emphases to academic achievement.

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Mentoring Coalition of San Diego County
This coalition is a great resource for all San Diego based programs. Find speakers, links to helpful pages, and other programs within San Diego on this page.

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Mentoring Resources from UDayton
A list of mentoring resources provided by the Women's Center at University of Dayton. The website includes guides, handbooks, and various pages for both mentors and mentees.

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The Mentoring Group
Get tips on how to successfully start a program, improve an existing one, and tips for improving as mentees and mentors.

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Mentor Resources
Find tips on how to have a better success rate with your coaching or mentoring. This site also allows you to join webinars on different topics within mentoring.

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Play Well With Others: Leveraging Local Partnerships for Program Success
The U.S. Department of Education offers strategies to outreach to community businesses and organizations to secure funding for mentoring programs.

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Recruiting Male Volunteers: A Guide Based on Exploratory Research
The Corporation for National Service offers recommendations for recruiting male volunteers, who are underrepresented in volunteer organizations that work with youth.

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Resource Center: Tools and Training for Volunteer and Service Programs
The Corporation for National and Community Service provides a multitude of documents on various aspects of mentorship, including recruiting and training mentors and strengthening mentor/mentee relationships.

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Same-Race and Cross-Race Matching
This report weighs the costs and benefits of pairing mentees with mentors of the same race.

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Tools for Mentoring Adolescents
The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota provides information on teen development, improving mentor-mentee communication, and teens’ developmental stages.

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Tools to Design and Plan a Mentoring Program
This exhaustive list provides tools to plan and implement mentoring programs. Topics include program planning, program parameters, program planning and management, policies and procedures, financial planning, and e-mentoring.

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Tools to Establish Evaluation Criteria and Methods
This list provides sample evaluation surveys and forms.

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Tools to Manage a Program for Success
This list provides sample forms for mentoring programs, such as activity logs and thank you letters.

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Tools to Structure Effective Program Operations
This list provides resources for recruiting, screening, and orienting mentors and mentees.

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