National Mentoring Resource Center

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Welcome to the National Mentoring Resource Center

Youth mentoring programs can use the Center to strengthen their services by:

  • Applying for no-cost training and technical assistance, including customized coaching to enhance your program and troubleshoot challenges using evidence-based practices
  • Accessing high-quality program implementation resources, including tools, program curricula, and training materials
  • Nominate your program or tools to be highlighted on the NMRC
  • Learning about what works in mentoring through evidence reviews on the effectiveness of program models and specific programspractices, and services for specific populations of mentees

The goal of NMRC is to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the country through increased use of evidence-based practices and sharing practitioner innovations.


International Network of Mentoring Researchers

Welcome to the International Network of Mentoring Researchers

The International Network of Mentoring Researchers (IMRN) was developed to promote collaboration among mentoring experts in ways that deepen our understanding and improve our ability to advance the lives of youth and people at risk for social exclusion.

As a member of the IMRN, you can discover like-minded researchers across the globe and establish collaborations, share ideas and resources, and broaden perspectives.



Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

The US CEBM’s signature publication, the Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring produces analyses of youth mentoring research trends, accessible digests of peer-reviewed research, as well as forums for meaningful dialogue across youth development constituents. Since its launch in 2012, the Chronicle has attracted more than 2.25 million views from its visitors and more than 10,000 subscribers worldwide. The Chronicle attracts readers from nearly every country in the world. In the week of October 6-12, 2019, for example, only about half (52%) were American, with the balance of visitors from the UK, Canada, India, Australia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

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Elements of Effective Practice 4th Edition



MENTOR’s cornerstone publication, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, details research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. The Fourth Edition, released in September 2015, reflects the most up-to-date research, practice, and thinking in the mentoring field.

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. Additionally, a Program Planning and Management section offers recommendations for designing, building, and strengthening mentoring programs and services.

In addition to the substantive content updates, this edition of the Elements has a vibrant new design full of color and images of mentors and mentees provided by our Mentoring Affiliates. It offers a sneak peek of exciting branding updates MENTOR is making in the coming months.

Download a copy of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition, and additional supplemental documents.