MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and the Everyone Graduates Center to support the 30 MBK Success Mentors districts implementing the My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative. Using an evidence-based and data-driven mentoring model and student support system to tackle chronic absenteeism, this campaign calls on schools to take strategic actions to reduce rates of chronic absenteeism among their students.
The following MENTOR resources and tools have been created or collected specifically for districts and schools implementing a Success Mentors strategy.
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has created a guide to help Success Mentors program coordinators plan for mentor training and support, from the initial mentor orientation and recruitment stage, to mentor trainings and ongoing mentor support throughout the year. The goal of this guide is to assist Success Mentors program coordinators and managers in equipping mentors with critical skills and information, working with them to troubleshoot challenges, and encouraging them and celebrating their work, ultimately ensuring that the students paired with them have the best experience possible. In this guide, you’ll find a brief overview of key stages in a mentor’s journey, organized by season (from Spring to Fall, to Winter and the following Spring), and tips and recommendations to help you plan mentor orientations, trainings and support groups throughout the program year. For more resources and tools for starting your Success Mentors Program, also refer to Supporting Students & Their Mentors on this same page.
Success Mentors Coordinator Training: Facilitator’s Guide
Having a designated program coordinator for your Success Mentors program is a critical element to ensure your program’s success, effectiveness and safety. This Success Mentors Coordinator Training Facilitator Guide, created by Mentoring Partnership and Resource Center, guides school personnel and other trainers through the delivery of a training for Success Mentor Program Coordinators. Program Coordinators implement, oversee and manage the Success Mentors program, from the recruitment, screening, and training of mentors, to communication with students and families, to matching students with mentors, to monitoring and supporting these matches and ultimately supporting the healthy closure of the mentoring relationship. Program coordinators may be school guidance counselors, school social workers, school administrators, or other designated school or community-based personnel whose responsibility it is to oversee a school or district’s Success Mentors programming.
This training was created for use by MBK Success Mentors districts who were a part of the 2016 MBK National Success Mentors Initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. However, it can be adapted to suit other schools and districts who are implementing this model, if the components of the training relative to the formal MBK Initiative are removed.
This guide includes the facilitator’s notes, example PowerPoint slides, and accompanying handouts. It is recommended that this training be delivered with the support of your local MENTOR affiliate. Reach out to your local affiliate for additional help, or contact Delia Hagan at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, at email@example.com.
Using Text Messaging to Support Success Mentors
Monitoring and supporting your Success Mentors is essential to your delivery of an effective and safe program that truly benefits your students. Your approach to supporting the mentoring relationships in your programs will depend on your program model, the needs of your mentors, and the needs of your students. Because many Success Mentors are busy teachers and other school personnel, text messaging can be a creative way to supplement your monitoring and support approaches, with timely reminders that draw your mentors to resources, tips, and tools. Check out this guide created by Mentor New York, Using Text Messaging to Support Success Mentors, for tips and sample content that will help you use this innovative strategy with the Success Mentors in your school or district. And be sure to read the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ to learn more about the benchmarks for safe and effective monitoring and support.
Training Curriculum: Trauma-Informed Mentoring
Unfortunately, many young people have faced traumatic experiences that can create challenges in their lives and relationships. Mentors may not be aware of young people’s traumatic experiences, even when they know their mentees well. This training, created by MENTOR Nebraska, will help your Success Mentors understand the potential impacts of trauma on young people, and what they can do to support mentees’ healing and recovery. This training can also be delivered to mentoring program coordinators. It includes notes for facilitators to help them deliver this training, as well as accompanying handouts. Reach out to your local Affiliate for additional help, or contact Delia Hagan at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This literature review, conducted by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD of DePaul University, focuses on both volunteer mentoring programs and informal mentoring relationships to explore the effects of mentoring for Black male youth.
This Guide, created by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, serves as a supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and includes additional recommended practices focusing on boys and young men of color.
The CMWS is a free webinar series funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center and facilitated in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Join us for a new webinar each month focused on strengthening mentoring practice, sharing new resources, and helping the field put research into practice. Register for our upcoming webinar, held on the third Thursday of each month, or view past webinars here.
This interactive online training is designed to support mentors who have been matched for a while and are encountering various challenges as their mentees open up and the relationship grows.
This resource, provided by Concerned Black Men National’s CARES Mentoring Movement, was originally designed for use in their Wellness Mentoring Circles. It offers groups of young people an opportunity to learn about important aspects of their development, reflect on their experiences with the world around them, and receive support from peers and mentors that can promote healthy behaviors, problem-solving, and general well-being.
This free webinar series was developed by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to provide best practices for designing effective mentoring services for boys and young men of color.
This virtual training provides a foundational look at race and privilege as it relates to the mentoring relationship. The training will give mentors and mentoring programs some processes and tools that allow for reflection into potential biases that may limit success of the mentoring relationship for boys and young men of color.
This virtual training provides focuses on the boy or young man in the mentoring relationship and discusses the importance of social capital and racial identity.
These engaging modules provide information and activities for mentors to help them cultivate a mindset of growth and learning in their mentees.
This tool is intended to help youth and mentors track important milestones as youth make the journey from school to post-secondary education and career planning.
This series of 10 fact sheets for mentors reviews many critical topics related to mentoring youth across the adolescent years.
This guide features fun and thought-provoking games, art projects, theatre skits and role plays, and other one-on-one or group activities to do with your mentee one-on-one or in groups.