Elements & Toolkits

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition


MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is pleased to announce The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition is now available for download. 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 affiliate Mentoring Partnerships. It offers a sneak peek of exciting branding updates MENTOR is making in the coming months.

Additional supplemental Elements documents are available for download for programs seeking to strengthen their mentoring program.

Webinar: Introduction to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition

To coincide with the release, MENTOR offered a comprehensive overview of the new edition via webinar. You will hear explanations of new content, review updated Benchmarks and Enhancements, and receive recommendations for implementing these best practices in a variety of program contexts.

Elements of Effective Practice™ Toolkit

How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ is a planning toolkit with tools, templates and advice for implementing and adhering to the standards as defined in the second edition of the Elements. While this toolkit has not been updated to fully support the fourth edition of the Elements, it is still a valuable resource for mentoring programs.

Whether you are new to mentoring or a seasoned veteran, this toolkit will save you time and effort because it contains materials and information you need to start or maintain a quality mentoring program. We hope you will use the toolkit with great success. For further assistance, we encourage you to reach out to your Mentoring Partnership to find the latest resources for the mentoring field.

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

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MENTOR is grateful to the hundreds of mentoring practitioners and researchers who so generously contributed their time and good counsel to the development of the fourth edition of Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. It is their work, along with their dedication to sharing their best practices and research, which made this edition possible. And, it is their work which continues to propel mentoring to ever-higher levels of performance. In addition, the fourth edition was generously supported by the MetLife Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.