MENTOR PROGRAM START-UP RESOURCES
The EMT (Evaluation, Management, Training), http://www.emt.org
EMT provides training and assistance to mentoring programs throughout California. Their
Publications Page features a number of excellent guides related to mentor program
development and mentor training. Topics include best program practices, working with gang
members, fundraising, and marketing. Under the “Publications” section of the site, EMT
provides a four-page guide to starting a mentor program. The guide doesn’t provide detail
information on starting a program, but does present some important factors that a new
program must consider.
Be A Mentor, http://www.beamentor.org/Down_set.htm
The “Be a Mentor” Web site provides files that can be downloaded that include information
on training, recruitment, program management, etc. as well as forms and worksheets. This
link is specifically to the forms and handouts page but the rest of the site is very useful.
The National Mentoring Center, http://www.nwrel.org/mentoring/
The NMC is an excellent resource for all aspects of mentoring. Under the “Topical Search”
section of the site, the NMC provides an extensive resource page for starting a mentoring
program. It also includes five of their training modules that focus on selecting mentors and
preparing them to work with youth. The page also has links to start-up resource books
available through inter-library loan and links to other Web sites that will be important to
starting a mentoring program.
Public/Private Ventures, http://www.ppv.org
Known for their many research based articles, books, and manuals on mentoring, PPV has
an entire section on mentoring. The site provides free publications on such topics as
recruiting mentors, a technical assistance guide for new mentors, a guide on training
mentors and contemporary issues in mentoring. The publications are insightful and
National Mentoring Partnership, http://www.mentoring.org
The National Mentoring Partnership site is a comprehensive site for starting and maintaining
a mentoring program. The site specifies starting programs around community-based, e-
mentoring, faith community, school-based, and workplace mentoring programs, providing
specific information for each type of program. The National Mentoring Partnership also
includes online training for mentors and more.
Web Resources (cont.)
Mentor Consulting Group, http://www.mentorconsultinggroup.com/steps2.html
The Mentor Consulting Group provides a 16-step outline to starting and maintaining an
effective mentoring program. Even though the outline is broad, the outline may provide an
important list of steps to getting a mentoring program off the ground.
The ABCs of Mentoring Kit. A how-to guide for developing mentoring programs in the
workplace; includes a video, manual, templates and recommendations for evaluation.
Contact: Points of Light Catalog Services (1-800-272-8306; Order #376). Cost: $39.95
The Mentoring Guidebook: A Practical Manual for Designing and Managing a
Mentoring Program by Lib Crockett and Jay Smink
Crockett and Smink’s guidebook is a great place to start for an individual, organization, or
community interested in beginning a mentoring program. The guide provides an in-depth,
practical look at creating and maintaining a successful mentoring program. Topics included
in the guide: the importance of mentoring programs; the initial steps needed in order to put
together an effective, sustainable program; how to set goals and objectives; how to create
an useful evaluation program; different ways to identify and select protegees and mentors;
and managing a successful program. The authors also include an extensive appendix with
important forms and guides, a list of program development and training resources, and a
listing of successful and useful mentoring programs. This guidebook may prove to be a good
guide through the initial development of a program.
You can order it from:
The National Dropout Prevention Center
205 Martin St.
Clemson, SC 29634-5111
Yes, You Can: A Guide for Establishing Mentoring Programs to Prepare Youth for
This Department of Education publication is intended as a guide for employers, community-
based organizations, college students, senior citizens, and others who are interested in
starting a mentoring program. The DOE interspersed throughout the guide examples of
successful programs, as well as resources to call upon for more information and support.
Web version: http://www.ed.gov/PDFDocs/yyc.pdf
Beginning A Mentoring Program, by Michael Newman
The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ mentoring guide is a broad look at starting a
mentor program. Though not very detail-oriented, each section, presents some important
questions and points that every program must consider when developing a program,
ranging from needs assessment to volunteer activities. The guide also has an extensive
appendix section of useful forms that a new mentoring program will need. The forms include
an operating cost chart, a volunteer application form, a mentor and mentee preference
sheet, and a parent/guardian expectation sheet.
You can order it from:
4802 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Partnership for Success: A Mentoring Program Manual
The first part of this manual, developed by the United Way and The Enterprise Foundation,
focuses on initial steps of setting up a mentoring program. The guide covers assessing the
needs and resources of the community, finding volunteers and funding sources, marketing
the program, evaluating potential mentors, and training staff. In the second section, the
guide takes readers through combining all of the initial steps into a cohesive mentoring
You can order it from:
United Way of America Volunteer & Community Initiatives Division
701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 223174-2045
Guidebook to Mentoring, by Dr. Susan G. Weinberger
This Mentor Consulting Group publication provides a broad overview of mentoring programs.
The guide explores some important issues in starting a program, including putting together
an advisory board, assessing needs, identifying resources, setting standards, and
establishing goals and objectives. The second half of the guide focuses on finding and
training mentors, identifying the youth the program intends to serve, and evaluating the
program. Dr. Weinberger’s guide also includes an appendix section with examples of a
mentor agreement, mentor application, mentor reference check, interview form, permission
letters, youth application, and evaluation surveys.
You can order it from:
Mentor Consulting Group
3 Inwood Road
Norwalk, CT 06850-1017
Contemporary Issues in Mentoring, Jean Baldwin Grossman Editor
Also available online at: http://www.ppv.org/pdffiles/mentoring.pdf From the P/PV site:
Mentoring is now commonly accepted as a valuable activity for youth; but good press, good
intentions and earnest desire alone will not enable mentoring to reach its full potential.
There are still operational questions to answer and real life barriers to overcome: What are
the essential elements of an effective mentoring program? How do you measure and
document the quality of a mentoring program? What does mentoring cost? Where do we
find volunteers? Without answers to such key questions, mentoring's potential will never be
realized. The volume, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund reviews what the field has
learned to date.
You can order it from:
One Commerce Square
2005 Market Street, Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The entire guide can be downloaded at http://www.ppv.org/indexfiles/pubsindex.html under
E-mentoring is an alternative to traditional one-on-one matching that has grown in
popularity in recent years. The research body on e-mentoring is very thin and programs
need to invest serious time and thought into e-mentoring before adding that component to
their services. The resources and organizations below can help your agency frame the e-
mentoring discussion and provide insight into the types of services you may be able to offer
in virtual environments.
National Mentoring Center Bulletin #9: Using Technology
Assessing the Potential of Ementoring: a survey of current issues
The National Mentoring Partnership's Elements of Effective E-Mentoring Practices
ServiceLeader.org Virtual Volunteering Resources
! The Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
! Developing and Implementing a Virtual Volunteering Program
International Telementor Project
Kevin O'Neill Faculty Homepage
! The Telementor's Guidebook: A field guide to supporting student inquiry on-line
The Electronic Emissary
It's a Simple Idea, But It's Not Easy to Do: Practical Lessons in Telementoring
Critical issues in the design and implementation of telementoring environments
(CCT Rep. No. 09-1998b)
Sustaining Mentoring Relationships On-line (Paper presented at CSCW 98: ACM
Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work)
PEER MENTORING/TUTORING RESOURCES
Students Teaching Students: A Handbook for Cross-Age Tutoring
This guide, based on an AmeriCorps cross-age elementary tutoring program, offers a detailed guide to
developing a program and practical training topics for tutors. The guide is applicable to peer
mentoring programs as well, and would also be useful is developing a program involving older
students in a school setting.
PDF file: http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/filemanager/download/589/sts.pdf
Peer Resources Network, Mentoring Directory
A very comprehensive website devoted to mentoring programs and relationships of all types. The site
features a wealth of reading materials, links to existing programs, and many other features that can
assist individuals in developing mentoring or peer coaching programs.
Make a Friend- Be a Peer Mentor
This publication is the July 1999 issue of Youth in Action magazine, put out by the National Youth
Network, a division of OJJDP. It offers an excellent overview of peer mentoring, in addition to useful
articles on starting, coordinating, and evaluating a peer programs, as well as their benefits in reducing
Web version: http://www.ncjrs.org/html/youthbulletin/9907-4/contents.html
National Peer Helpers Association Programmatic Standards
This checklist can guide any agency in setting up and maintaining a peer helping program.
Web version: http://www.peerhelping.org/NPHAPublications/standardshtml.htm
Keeping Cross-Age Tutoring Alive: Growing and Sustaining a School-Wide Tutoring
Another program development guide based on an AmeriCorps shool-based program. Once again, the
lessons learned from the development of this tutoring project will be valuable to any peer mentoring
PDF flie: http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/filemanager/download/610/XAT.pdf
ERIC Digest: Peer-Tutoring- Toward a New Model
Tutoring among peers and between grades is an excellent way to foster "natural" mentoring
relationships. This ERIC Digest looks at new methods and models of peer tutoring/mentoring
relationships and examines their effectiveness.
Web version: http://www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed362506.html
Academic Tutoring and Mentoring: A Literature Review
This report reviews over fifty publications - books, journal articles and special reports - encompassing
a large and varied body of prominent theoretical works, research reports and program evaluations of
tutoring, mentoring, and combined programs. It also summarizes the key elements of these
resources. An excellent overview of peer mentoring research.
PDF file: http://www.library.ca.gov/CRB/97/11/97011.pdf
The Performance of At-Risk Youth As Tutors
From the National Dropout Prevention Center, this interesting article focuses on using at-risk youth in
a tutoring, or mentoring, role. Research indicates that mentoring can help an at-risk student avoid
trouble, build resiliency, and improve self-esteem.
Web version: http://www.dropoutprevention.org/resource/feat_article/perform_tutors.htm
Peer Tutoring and Mentoring Services for Disadvantaged Secondary School Students
This report summarizes a national evaluation of school peer tutoring and mentoring programs created
under the one-year federal Secondary Schools Basic Skills Demonstration Assistance Program. The
evaluation report prepared upon the completion of this demonstration offers one of the most
significant studies of school-based peer tutoring and mentoring in the nation.
PDF file: http://www.library.ca.gov/CRB/97/notes/v4n2.pdf
Cross-Age Tutoring: A Win-Win Partnership
Another look at how cross-age tutoring benefits student's self-esteem and encourages student
interaction. Examines the use of cross-age tutoring in literacy development.
Web version: http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/resources/newsletters/