PROMOTE MENTORING

VMP leads the mentoring movement in Virginia by promoting the benefits of mentoring as a low-cost intervention strategy for young people in need of support and guidance. On a community and state level, VMP provides leadership by building awareness of mentoring, conducting outreach to connect community members with programs, collecting data on mentoring trends and needs, and participating in state and national advocacy efforts to secure funds and support for the mentoring field.

Awareness Building

As an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, VMP is involved in raising public awareness about the importance of youth mentoring at both a national and state level.
In 2014, MENTOR released a report titled The Mentoring Effect which gave voice to young people’s insights about the role mentoring plays in their lives. The report confirmed that mentoring has a significant impact that results in positive outcomes for young people involved. Mentoring connects them to networks of support and resources that allow them to reach for social and economic opportunity and succeed.

Unfortunately, one in three young people will grow up without a mentor. To close this gap, it will take everyone from parents, students and teachers to counselors, coaches and family friends – anyone who has a touch point in a young person’s life.

VMP participates in local and national campaigns to inform the wide community – including funders, legislators, partners, and potential volunteers — about the mentoring gap and the critical role of a mentor in supporting today’s youth.

Outreach & Referral

Each month, VMP receives dozens of phone calls from community members in Virginia who want to find nearby mentoring opportunities for both mentors and youth seeking mentors. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has designed a free database called Mentoring Connector. Registering your program in Mentoring Connector increases your program’s visibility and allows potential mentors and mentees in the area to find your program. VMP’s referral process will now rely on the Mentoring Connector database. If your program wishes to continue to receive referrals from VMP, register with Mentoring Connector today!

Research & Knowledge Management

Virginia Mentoring Partnership collects data every two years from mentoring programs across the state to assemble the “State of Mentoring in Virginia” report. This analysis helps shed light on trends in mentoring activity and program capacity, and informs VMP’s programming and advocacy efforts. It also helps VMP educate the community about the importance of mentoring as an intervention, and the needs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for more funding, services and volunteers. To view the latest “State of Mentoring in Virginia” report, click here.

In addition to these data collection efforts, VMP works hard to remain up-to-date with the latest research that informs best practices for the field. If your program is interested in using research to build a case for mentoring in your community, check out the Elements of Effective Practice and the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring.

On a national scale, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. Click here to read more about MENTOR’s research and publications.