Training

Get trained on Best Practices for Mentors and Mentoring Programs

We know that mentoring can be transformational for children and youth – but quality matters! Find out what you need to know to be the best mentor you can be, or ensure your mentoring program is using the best practices to maximize the benefits for children and youth.
MENTOR Independence Region offers trainings for both mentors, mentees, and mentoring programs on the research and evidence-based best practices.

For Mentoring Program Staff and Board

These trainings are based on The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and are intended for audiences of mentoring program staff, leadership, and board.

A comprehensive, fast-paced training covering evidence-based practices in program planning and design and the operational standards of a mentoring program. Eight hours.

A deep dive on evidence-based practices for recruiting mentors and mentees. Two hours.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define a targeted recruitment audience for potential mentors and mentess
  • Recruit appropriate mentors and mentees by realistically describing their program’s aims and expectations
  • Develop a targeted plan to recruit mentors and mentees
  • Apply the recruitment standard from the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th edition to their mentoring program practices

A thorough exploration of evidence-based practices for screening mentors and mentees for safety and suitability. Three hours.
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the screening benchmarks for mentors and mentees
  • Identify screening practices to determine whether mentor applicants will have the time, commitment, and personal qualities to effectively mentor
  • List the key components of a comprehensive criminal background check process
  • Translate screening requirements to meet the needs of their program design and setting
  • Apply the screening standard from the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th edition to program practices

Evidence-based practices in training mentors and considerations for training mentees. Four hours.
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why training mentors leads to effective and safe mentoring relationships
  • Apply adult learning theory and principles of effective training to the design of training sessions
  • Design a training system that teaches mentors the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to build an effective and safe mentoring relationship within their program context
  • Recognize the importance of using culturally appropriate language and tools for training program participants
  • Apply the training standard from the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, 4th edition to program practices

Best practices in pairing mentors and mentees and getting the relationship off to a solid start. Two hours.
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how effective matching builds the foundation for quality and enduring mentoring relationships
  • Define the steps in the process of making and initiating a match, including the first mentor-mentee meeting
  • Use informed criteria to build program-specific matching strategy and process
  • Apply the matching and initiation standard from the Elements of Effective Practice, 4th edition to program practices

A deep dive to understand the evidence and best practices in keeping matches safe and supported. Two and a half hours.
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of post-match monitoring and support in protecting youth safety, promoting match longevity, and achieving positive youth and program outcomes
  • Articulate the key tasks and processes involved in supporting quality mentoring relationships
  • Apply the monitoring and support standard from the Elements of Effective Practice, 4th edition to program practices

Best practices in healthy match closures that reinforce the lessons learned through mentoring. Two hours.
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the importance of closure in the context of a mentoring relationship
  • Communicate closure policies and procedures throughout the lifetime of a mentoring relationship
  • Facilitate closure activities that bring a relationship to a close, as well as affirm the mentor(s) and the mentee(s)
  • Apply the closure standard from the Elements of Effective Practice, 4th edition to program practices

Register for all six trainings on the Elements of Effective Practice and get a $55 discount! The six included trainings are Recruitment, Screening, Training, Matching and Initiation, Monitoring and Support, and Match Closure.

How to conceptualize, plan for, and execute a program evaluation that accurately captures the delivery and impact of a mentoring program. Five hours.

Ensuring child safety in mentoring program screening and monitoring procedures. Seven hours.

For Mentors and Staff

These trainings are intended for mentors but are also applicable to mentoring program staff and stakeholders.

Learn the evidence-based approaches to effective mentoring and how to create a supportive relationship. Four hours.

Mentors closely examine their own power and privilege in their mentoring relationship, and develop a strengths-based approach to mentoring young Black & Latino men. Eight hours.

For Mentees

These trainings are intended for mentees.

In order to be successful in life we all need a network of supportive, positive relationships! MENTOR Independence Region’s Building Your Dream Team workshop encourages participants to take charge of developing their own supportive networks, engages participants with self-reflective and interactive activities, and educates participants about the importance of mentors, where to find mentors, and how to maximize mentoring relationships.