Maryland MENTOR Quality Program Partners (MMQPP)

The Maryland MENTOR Quality Program Partners Initiative

The Maryland MENTOR Quality Program Partner Initiative (QPP) is Maryland MENTOR’s newest initiative to recognize those programs who have demonstrated a consistent drive to uplift their quality. Our QPP’s are a select group of programs who have undergone our quality assessment, developed an action plan for improvement and are consistently leaders in our field of mentoring throughout Maryland.

Membership is free and allows for demonstration of the following: a meaningful indicator of quality, benchmark program practices against national standards of excellence, program commitment to excellence to potential mentors, funders, parents and community partners. The launch of the MMQPP initiative is also a direct response to inquiries we’ve received from programs on the topic of Maryland MENTOR being asked to certify programs in the field. Although no certification process exists, QPP contains many of the same elements a certification would. The QPP initiative also represents a response to numerous funders on providing them with insight on which programs are running according to quality guidelines programmatically and operationally allowing for an objective tool to verify what is written in grants or communicated via marketing materials.

Quality Partners are mentoring programs that have demonstrated their commitment to quality program practices by completing the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) assessment and agreeing to participate in a number of additional regular quality practices and check-ins. The goal of the NQMS is to help programs demonstrate or improve their quality through a customized assessment of current practices. NQMS highlights the strengths of mentoring programs and builds a plan for continuous improvement. By also indicating practice areas that could be improved, Maryland MENTOR commits to supporting programs throughout the process to help programs achieve the highest level of membership, Gold Partner.

In creating a process by which programs are made aware of and track their adherence to best practices, NQMS ultimately advances the mentoring field by ensuring safe, positive experiences for youth and volunteers. Higher quality experiences with the mentoring program have a direct effect on the longevity of mentoring relationships.

The NQMS allows us to continue to speak to the quality of youth mentoring programs and lend credibility to individual programs to attract resources and support. Families, volunteers, and funders can feel confident in participating in and supporting, a mentoring program that meets national quality standards.

To highlight the commitment of these organizations, Maryland MENTOR offers many benefits through this partnership initiative, including public recognition. The benefits are indicated below in greater details in the Tiered Structure that will guide the MMQPP program.

This national badge recognizes a commitment to quality through participation in the NQMS and by actively engaging in a continuous improvement process



This Maryland specific badge recognizes a commitment to quality through participation in the NQMS, are actively engaged in a continuous improvement process, and have 85 percent of the common quality measures in practice according to NQMS results.



Mentoring programs that attain Tier 2 status can advance to Tier 3 status after they have made improvements and have 100% of best practices in place. Once a program attains either partner status, they retain partnership for 3 years, after which partner status is reset until the NQMS is submitted



2019 Quality Program Partners Cohort

We are proud to announce our first cohort of Maryland MENTOR Quality Program Partners who exemplify continuous quality improvement:

AALEAD supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after school, summer, and mentoring programs.

Community Bridges empowers girls from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women.

Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. In BaltimoreDC MetroPittsburgh, and Richmond, Higher Achievement steps in to give scholars supplemental academic support in communities that lack the resources to start all students on equal footing.

I AM MENtality was founded by a born and raised Baltimorean who has resided in various communities in the Baltimore, educated in Baltimore City public schools, and colleges. Darren Rogers, founded I AM MENtality in 2016, with the support of various community and corporate leaders in efforts to provide the most comprehensive mentoring and leadership development services for youth. We uniquely crafted to combat challenges presented in Baltimore City/counties, and offers an opportunity for male youth to develop their leadership potential through mentor-mentee relationship. We serve the male youth ages ranging from 5 to 18 years.

Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs. Since our founding in the late 1960s, LAYC has grown from a small grassroots recreation center to a nationally recognized agency serving all low-income youth. Each year, LAYC serves over 4,000 youth and families through youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

Seeds 4 Success focuses on working together as a community to provide children from low income communities with the skills and support to achieve success in school and life.

The Soccer Without Borders program is effective across borders because of its adaptable framework.  While every Soccer Without Borders program has three pillars- Soccer, Education, and Community- we leave space within our program model for local adaptation, responding to the specific needs of a target population and the resources available. We create a team environment defined by consistent leaders, dynamic and relevant activities, and a culture of acceptance.

The mission of Talbot Mentors is to work to ensure that all young people in Talbot County have the opportunity to mature into engaged and productive members of their communities. Through consistent support, guidance, coaching and role modeling, our volunteer mentors will strive to instill values and standards, and help these young people prepare for success in their personal and professional lives. Talbot Mentors will achieve this mission by fostering partnerships to support and expand the power of one-on-one mentoring. We will also actively engage in other programs designed to help these young people achieve their full potential.

The U.S. Dream Academy is helping our nation’s children reach for their dreams. Through academic, social, and values enrichment, we empower those children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed.

2020 Quality Program Partners Application is now closed.

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