Mentoring is good, but quality mentoring is better. By committing to quality improvements, programs can nurture stronger, longer lasting, positive mentoring relationships. For mentoring, quality standards are aligned with research-based best practices for the field, the Elements of Effective Practice. VMP works with programs of all levels, from early stages of development to well established, to spotlight and improve quality in programs.
VMP works with programs to improve quality in the following ways:
Want to improve the quality of specific aspects of your program? Our one-on-one program consultation, or "technical assistance," provides guidance and resources for program staff on topics of their choice, ranging from establishing a recruitment plan to developing outcome measurements.
As an affiliate Mentoring Partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), Virginia Mentoring Partnership is proud to be a technical assistance provider for The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a project of The Office of Juvenile Justice 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. The goal of the NMRC is to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring programs across the nation. In addition to receiving no-cost TA, mentoring practitioners can share insights and innovations with peers in the field by writing a blog post for the NMRC blog, and can stay on the cutting edge of mentoring best practices, innovations, and research by subscribing to the NMRC e-newsletter.
National Quality Mentoring System
The goal of the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) is to provide mentoring programs with a system for assessing themselves against National Quality Mentoring Standards based on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, as well as opportunities to receive a quality designation and training and technical assistance to support improvements in quality.
The NQMS assessment is based heavily on the latest mentoring policies, practices, experiences, and research in the fourth edition of the Elements of Effective Practice, the foundational document produced by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership that serves as the gold standard for mentoring best practices. In many ways, NQMS has been built by our mentoring field, for our mentoring field.
The result is a 92 item self-assessment tool that programs use to rate their current practice and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. For each item, the program notes whether the best practice is being implemented or not and rates the implementation on a five-point scale.