As an affiliate Mentoring Partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), Kansas Mentors is proud to be a technical assistance provider for The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a project of The Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention and MENTOR. This youth mentoring resource is no-cost for programs and aims to strengthen mentoring quality and effectiveness.
The NMRC is comprised of three components: the National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board; the resource center website; and no-cost specialized technical assistance for mentoring programs. The resources and technical assistance are in alignment with the national standards for quality, evidence-based mentoring, The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring ™.
Learn more about this new tool, view mentoring resources and apply for technical assistance by visiting this link: http://www.nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/
The goal of the NMRC is to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring programs across the nation.
A few key facts on the NMRC:
- In 2013, the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) selected MENTOR to establish an OJJDP resource center focused solely on mentoring. This resource center builds on OJJDP's history, leadership and investments in quality youth mentoring while harnessing 25 years of experience brought by MENTOR and its network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships.
- OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee and MENTOR announced the launch of the National Mentoring Resource Center on January 28, 2015 at the National Mentoring Summit.
- Along with providing access to free technical assistance, the NMRC is a hub for high-quality mentoring resources. These materials focus on topics like mentoring recruitment, policies and procedures, training and more. Mentoring practitioners are encouraged to submit relevant resources for review and approval by the NMRC Research Board.
- The National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board is chaired by Dr. David DuBois at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and comprised of prominent researchers who have expertise in areas that are representative of the diversity in youth mentoring practice with regard to program models, settings for implementation, and specific populations and outcomes of interest.
- Examples of potential technical assistance that might be requested include: development of new or revision of existing mentoring training materials; guidance and consultation on mentor recruitment plans and strategies; analysis of mentor screening processes; and analysis of match support processes and consultation on strategies for improvement.