There are many facets to starting a mentoring program.  We have supplied links to resources and toolkits you will need to start a high-quality program.

How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective PracticeTM is a comprehensive tool kit, which includes tools, templates and advice for implementing and adhering to the second edition of the Elements--rigorous guidelines that, when followed, will help to ensure quality mentoring.

Whether you are new to mentoring or a seasoned veteran, this tool kit will save you time and effort because it contains materials and information you need to start or maintain a quality mentoring program. The tool kit is written to follow the format of the Elements--but it allows you to take portions of it in a different order, depending on whether you are starting or strengthening your mentoring program.

Download the full toolkit in English (PDF, 1MB) or Spanish (PDF, 3MB) or by section:

Additional Downloadable Tools

The Elements of Effective Practice Tool Kit contains OVER 160 ready-to-use tools that can be downloaded below and adapted to your program's needs. While the tools will be helpful on their own, they are much more effective when combined with the information available in the toolkit. Please take a moment download the toolkit.

Tools available:


The Elements of Effective Practice Toolkit was funded by a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.





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