MENTOR Releases Fourth Edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™

Liz Hardy, Director of Marketing & Communications
September 24th, 2015
Posted In: Research

September 2015

Cover_ImageMENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), the unifying champion of the national movement to advance quality mentoring for young people, released today the fourth edition of its cornerstone publication, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ (Elements).  A collection of research-informed practices for youth mentoring programs, the Elements promote quality of programs and consequently, strong and lasting mentoring relationships.

Coinciding with the organization’s 25th anniversary, this publication represents the evolution of MENTOR’s efforts over the past quarter-century to advance the field and build a movement in support of quality youth mentoring.  The fourth edition of the Elements is heavily grounded in the most up-to-date research in the mentoring field.  Since the third edition’s release in 2009, there has been a myriad of new research released, with the publication’s Steering Committee studying over 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and consulting over 200 mentoring practitioners and programs.

“The fourth edition of the Elements is intended to give this generation of practitioners a set of programmatic standards that will empower every agency and organization and raise the bar on what quality mentoring looks like,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR.

The release of the Elements is supported by the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a comprehensive resource which provides no-cost access to tools and training to assist mentoring practitioners in incorporating these best practices into their programs. The NMRC is a collaboration between MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, with MENTOR’s netowrk of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships delivering the trainings and technical assistance.

Practitioners can download a copy of the Elements as well as access additional tools and frequently asked questions on this page.

The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ provide the building blocks for improving the value, outcomes and sustainability of youth mentoring programs and this edition was made possible by support from the MetLife Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.


MENTOR is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR’s mission is to close the “mentoring gap” and ensure our nation’s young people have the support they need through quality mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school, and ultimately, work. To achieve this, MENTOR collaborates with its network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and works to drive the investment of time and money into high impact mentoring programs and advance quality mentoring through the development and delivery of standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools.


MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Liz Hardy, Director of Marketing & Communications

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