FAQ

1: General

What does Maryland MENTOR do?

Maryland MENTOR aims to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships, support existing programs and new initiatives to improve quality, effectiveness and scale, as well as bring together stakeholders to expand local engagement, supportive policies, and investment in youth mentoring.Maryland MENTOR will be a unifying hub for those programs and others across the state to provide trainings, best practices, and professional development for program leaders. It will also be a central force for campaigns to elevate mentoring and recruit volunteers. The call for a “mentoring backbone” was also a key recommendation in Baltimore Mayor Pugh’s Transition Report. Founding funders include The Abell Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Mark and Pat Joseph/Shelter Foundation.

Why should I donate to Maryland MENTOR?

Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, stay in school, and engage in their communities. Your gift helps increase our capacity to ensure that quality mentoring is provided across the state of Maryland to facilitate these relationships.

What types of mentoring programs exist in Maryland?

You can conduct a search in our Mentoring Connector

2: For Families

How can I find a mentor for a young person?

To locate mentoring programs that are operating in your community, search The Mentoring Connector by entering your zipcode.

3: For Organizations

I run a mentoring program, how can I improve the quality of my program?

The core components of the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) are:

  • A self-assessment survey completed by the mentoring program, with questions about program operations, management and evaluation.
  • A review and summary response prepared by the program’s local MENTOR affiliate.
  • An assessment review meeting between the MENTOR affiliate and the mentoring program.
  • The development of goals and a work plan for the program to make quality improvements with the help of training and support provided by the MENTOR affiliate.
  • National and/or local recognition of the program upon satisfactory engagement
    in the quality assessment and improvement process

The NQMS Online System

MENTOR has developed a standardized online NQMS tool for affiliates to utilize with programs in their regions. The online tool is built within MENTOR’s Mentoring Connector and contains a 92 question self-assessment that is aligned to the Fourth Edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™.

The online tool supports programs and their local MENTOR affiliates in generating a custom work plan, which provides the basis of the training and support that affiliates provide to programs to help improve their practices.

Enter your program into the Mentoring Connector and we can get you started on the process of taking steps to enhance the quality of your program.

I see a need in my community, how can I start a program?

There are 5 steps:

  1. Conduct a needs assessment in the community you plan to work in. Investigate if mentoring programs already exist, and what they look like. Find out who they serve. The potential for partnerships may also arise out of this assessment.
  2. Connect with your local Mentoring Affiliate (US!).
  3. Review the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ from MENTOR. This guide provides quality and evidence-based standards that include the latest research and practice wisdom to help mentoring programs ensure safety, effectiveness, and sustainability.
  4. Review the “Starting a Youth Mentoring Program” E-Learning Modules from the National Mentoring Resource Center.
  5. Register your program in the Mentoring Connector to recruit more volunteers and increase the visibility of your organization once it is established.

For more information, check out the “Start a Program” resource page from MENTOR.