Maryland MENTOR Quality Program Partners (MMQPP)

The Maryland MENTOR Quality Program Partners Initiative
LAUNCHING SPRING 2019

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

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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.

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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

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