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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership serves the mentoring field by setting evidence-based standards for effective mentoring practices, providing training and technical assistance, and leading high-profile public awareness campaigns like National Mentoring Month, and bringing the mentoring movement together for the National Mentoring Summit to learn, connect and build the movement.

The Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center is a member of MENTOR’s national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships. Mentoring Partnerships are non-partisan, public-private organizations that galvanize local or statewide mentoring movements, providing the leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Mentoring Partnerships serve a unique role as a clearinghouse for training, resources, awareness, and advocacy, providing the critical link between MENTOR’s national efforts and local organizations and programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region

The Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center (MPRC) is powered by Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region (BBBS IR). For one hundred years, BBBS IR has made a positive impact on children and communities in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey by connecting caring adult volunteers with at-risk children in professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.  While BBBS IR is known for highly effective one-to-one mentoring programs, other types and models of mentoring have also been shown to make a difference in the lives of children and youth.

By powering the MPRC, BBBS IR extends its reach and impact to more children by helping other youth mentoring organizations improve their practices. The MPRC will work in service to and collaboration with other mentoring programs in the region to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring by focusing on four main pillars of service: training and technical assistance, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and data collection. Our goal is to improve the quality of mentoring in the region and the number of youth with access to high quality mentors.