We are committed to building quality mentoring in the Independence Region

In 2017, we worked directly with 52 mentoring programs and 600 supportive, caring adults to help build the quality of mentoring in the region, scaling best practices to reach 13,655 young people!


Meet Our Staff

Our History

MENTOR Independence Region, formerly known as the Mentoring Partnership & Resource Center (MPRC), was launched in March 2015 to expand the mentoring field’s regional capacity to reach more school-aged children with caring, committed adult mentors, using best practices, training and professional support to achieve lifelong positive educational and behavioral outcomes for youth. We need more high quality mentoring programs and high quality mentors empowering our children and youth. Quality matters: high quality mentoring can be transformational, but poor quality mentoring can be harmful. That’s where MENTOR Independence Region (MENTOR IR) comes in.

To maximize the quality of programs and the likelihood of positive outcomes for children and youth, MENTOR IR aims to increase the use of research and evidence-based best practices in the mentoring field to improve quality in mentoring programs and equip mentors with the skills they need to facilitate the empowerment of their mentees.

MENTOR IR works directly with mentoring programs and mentors to help them become aware of the research and evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for youth. We do this through:

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Our History

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Our Affiliates

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership serves the mentoring field by setting evidence-based standards for effective mentoring practices, providing training and technical assistance, and leading high-profile public awareness campaigns like National Mentoring Month, and bringing the mentoring movement together for the National Mentoring Summit to learn, connect and build the movement.

MENTOR Independence Region is a member of MENTOR’s national network of MENTOR Affiliates. MENTOR Affiliates are non-partisan, public-private organizations that galvanize local or statewide mentoring movements, providing the leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. MENTOR Affiliates serve a unique role as a clearinghouse for training, resources, awareness, and advocacy, providing the critical link between MENTOR’s national efforts and local organizations and programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region

MENTOR Independence Region is powered by Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region (BBBS IR). For one hundred years, BBBS IR has made a positive impact on children and communities in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey by connecting caring adult volunteers with at-risk children in professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. While BBBS IR is known for highly effective one-to-one mentoring programs, other types and models of mentoring have also been shown to make a difference in the lives of children and youth.

By powering MENTOR Independence Region, BBBS IR extends its reach and impact to more children by helping other youth mentoring organizations improve their practices. MENTOR Independence Region works in service to and collaboration with other mentoring programs in the region to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring by focusing on four main pillars of service: training and technical assistance, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and data collection. Our goal is to improve the quality of mentoring in the region and the number of youth with access to high quality mentors.