The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Handbook holds the key to success in producing effective, high-quality relationships. Grounded in the latest research, this essential resource details the national standards of practice in six critical areas of mentoring program operations:

  1. Recruitment
  2. Screening
  3. Training
  4. Matching
  5. Monitoring and support
  6. Closure

More Information: The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Handbook

Free Assistance for Mentoring Programs is available through a generous grant from the Department of Justice (OJJDP). From program design elements to program evaluation, MENTOR Illinois can provide up to 20 HOURS of expert guidance, resources and custom materials to strengthen your program.

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The National Mentoring Resource Center is a comprehensive, reliable resource for research, mentoring tools and best practices designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the nation.

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The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring is an online newsletter for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring. This new channel represents a continuation of MENTOR's Research Corner, with the goal of encouraging active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring.

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Start a Youth Mentoring Program: E-learning Modules walks you through each step of designing, launching, operating, and sustaining a quality youth-mentoring program based on the Elements of Effective Practice.

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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.

More Information: How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective PracticeTM

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

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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