In honor of the Mentoring Partnership and Resource Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s (MPRC) first anniversary, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) would like to recognize MPRC for the incredible work they’ve done in support of the youth mentoring movement. MPRC has provided the leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships throughout Pennsylvania, and has become an exemplary affiliate of MENTOR’s network.
It is only through the support of the network that MENTOR will be able to connect every young person to the kind of meaningful relationships that provide us all with networks of support and opportunity. We look forward to working together in support of this shared goal in the future. Congratulations!
Please read the below post originally appeared on the Mentoring Partnership and Resource Center blog to learn more about what they are celebrating in year one.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since our ribbon cutting ceremony officially launching the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center (MPRC). What an amazing year it has been. Between hosting mentoring trainings and movie screenings, art contests, convenings, attending national conferences and connecting with over 80 mentoring programs, we can’t say we were surprised that time has flown by! One year later, we find ourselves in March 2016, and we are deep in planning for our third convening of mentoring practitioners and the second implementation of our foundational best practices training, Building a Quality Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice.
In reflecting on this whirlwind of a year, it is fitting to re-state what exactly it is that we’re doing here. Formed as a capacity building initiative, and an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the MPRC is proud to work with mentoring programs across Eastern PA, to help them better serve youth through training, technical assistance, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and data collection.
Our support to mentoring programs is based on the research and evidence-based practices that we know are most likely to yield the best outcomes for children and youth. MPRC’s end goal is to increase the number of youth who have access to high quality mentors and high quality mentoring programs in our area and close the mentoring gap.
With all of that said, we’d like to share some of our major accomplishments over the last 12 months and our vision for the next year and beyond.
We have put tremendous effort into finding and getting to know mentoring programs. We have met with organizations as far north as Sullivan County and as far west as Berks and Lancaster Counties. To date, we’ve had direct contact with more than 80 existing mentoring programs, 14 start ups, and240 friends and stakeholders in and around the field. The landscape of mentoring in our region is becoming more clear, and will inform the strategies we use to strengthen the field.
TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
To date, we’ve trained over 100 practitioners and mentors in research and evidence based practices in mentoring. In 2016, our goal is to triple that number to 300. We’ll do this by holding trainings open to the public, as well as working with our partners.
We’ve provided more than 100 hours of free Technical Assistance (TA) to mentoring programs through OJJDP’s National Mentoring Resource Center. We’ve completed TA with two programs, and are currently working with nine others. We plan to expand our TA services next year to provide 400 hours to programs.
We made great headway in our first 12 months, but we have just started to scratch the surface of what we hope to accomplish as the MPRC. Here are a few of our high-level goals for the coming years.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
We have truly enjoyed the collaboration and ability to connect individuals, partners, and programs in Eastern PA. We look forward to continuing this in 2016 and beyond.
Thank you for engaging with us. Whether you are a mentor, mentoring program practitioner, stakeholder, or supporter – you have been an integral part of our inaugural year.
If you would like to learn more about the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center (MPRC) or have questions, please reach out to me. We are here to serve you.
Here’s to a great Year 2!
Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center