We co-wrote the book on mentoring.

Our mentor training and other services help you implement its recommendations quickly and easily.

The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ (MENTOR, 2015; the “Elements”) describes the definitive Standards of practice for the field of youth mentoring. By adhering to the Elements, mentoring programs can enhance their overall program quality and help build strong mentoring relationships. The Elements define research- and safety-based Benchmark practices for youth mentoring programs. In addition, the Elements include many suggestions of Enhancement practices that can contribute to producing both effective positive mentoring relationships and positive youth outcomes. It also includes recommendations on program management, leadership, evaluation, and core principles and values for youth mentoring organizations.

The Elements were written by Drs. Janis Kupersmidt and Rebecca Stelter of innovation Research & Training (iRT), Dr. Jean Rhodes of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM) at UMASS-Boston, and Michael Garringer of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership. The authors reviewed over 400 journal articles and research reports in designing and writing the Fourth Edition of the Elements.

New online mentoring courses!

Improve academic outcomes with PERL!

  • Train mentors to develop mentee’s school engagement, effective goal setting, and noncognitive skills such as growth mindset in the course, Promoting Enhanced Resilience and Learning (PERL).

Get mentees started off right

  • This interactive, online training course prepares youth for being a mentee by helping them better understand what mentoring is, what to expect from their mentor and their mentoring relationship, and how they can contribute to building a strong, positive relationship with their future mentor.

Turn parents of mentees into partners

  • The interactive, online training course prepares parents or guardians for having their child participate in a mentoring relationship. They learn what mentoring is, what to expect from their child’s mentor and the mentoring relationship, and how they can participate and support the development of a positive, effective relationship between their child and their child’s mentor.