Starting a mentoring program?

Strengthening a mentoring program?

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Elements of Effective Practice

For beginning programs and advanced, the Elements of Effective Practice is your blueprint for building a high quality mentor program.

The Elements of Effective Practice (EEP) are research-informed and practitioner-approved best practices for creating and sustaining impactful mentoring relationships and program services.

Overview|| Download the 4th Edition || Download the Toolkit || Download the Checklist || Tools and Templates

Mentoring Connector


The Mentoring Connector is the only national database of mentoring programs. It is a free service that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the country recruit more local volunteers while while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. Volunteers looking for mentoring opportunities do more than 80,000 searches in this system annually.

Overview || Register your Program || FAQs


National Mentoring Resource Center

Need customized help for your program? Programs can apply for up to 50 free hours of technical assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center. Browse their WHATWORKS catalog while you’re there. 

The National Mentoring Resource Center serves as a comprehensive and reliable resource for training and technical assistance at the local program level.

Overview|| Learn More || Apply for Technical Assistance

additional resources

Looking for templates and tools to enhance your program? In search of ways to support your mentor/mentee relationship? Want to read the latest research on mentorship? 

Here you’ll find a comprehensive list of tools, data, fact sheets, and research that fall within the scope of the Elements of Effective Practice operational standards, and more.

Program Resources || Mentor Resources || Parent/Guardian Resources || Research