Quality Mentoring

MENTOR Independence Region elevates the practices of mentoring programs throughout the region, ensuring that all children and youth have access to high quality mentors who help them achieve their dreams.


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MENTOR Independence Region believes that expanding best practices within mentoring programs protects youth and volunteers and protects the field of mentoring. Advanced research shows that quality mentoring practices are a determining factor in achieving positive youth outcomes.

The NQMS allows MENTOR IR and its network of affiliates to establish consistent quality standards among mentoring programs across the country. This system allows us to provide a meaningful indicator of quality for youth mentoring programs and to lend credibility to individual programs to attract resources and support. Families, volunteers, and funders can feel confident about participating in, and supporting, a mentoring program that meets national quality standards.

Programs ready for next steps can learn how to get started on the NQMS, as well as what to expect along the way by following the link below. Not sure if your program is ready? The NQMS FAQs can help guide you in the right direction. If you believe you are ready to get started or would like to discuss more, please email us at info@mentorir.org or call us at (484) 482-1416.


The National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) is a multi-step process that revolves around the online, interactive NQMS tool and is available to all youth mentoring programs in our service area. Read on to learn what to expect from the process.

Get Started

Assess Your Program

Review & Plan for Improvements

Implement Improvements