Research suggests that quality mentoring programs follow nationally recognized best practices called the Elements of Effective Practice. Mentoring Partnerships, under the leadership of MENTOR, have developed a process for mentoring programs to assess and improve program practices using these nationally recognized standards.
Quality-Based Membership is a self-assessment and continuous improvement process for Virginia mentoring programs that want to validate program strengths and create a plan to improve program practices. Program staff or key volunteers complete a self-assessment of 58 research-based best practices, meet with VMP staff to review the results, and work together to create a 12-month Road to Membership Work plan. The QBM process is currently part of a national pilot study. Do you have questions about Quality Based Membership? Contact Director of Programs Rose Marie Wiegandt.
Want to improve the quality of specific aspects of your program? Our one-on-one program consultation, or "technical assistance," provides guidance and resources for program staff on topics of their choice, ranging from establishing a recruitment plan to developing outcome measurements. Currently, technical assistance provision is available at no cost to programs through the National Mentoring Resource Center, a program offered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in collaboration with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Learn more about the NMRC and apply for technical assistance here.