VMP provides training to mentoring program coordinators, youth development professionals, mentors and mentees seeking to enhance their knowledge of mentoring. Research indicates that training is a critical step for a program to enhance the quality and sustainability of mentoring relationships. Join us for a variety of workshop offerings designed to inform and strengthen programs and relationships.

New Mentor Training:

In this in-person, 2.5 hour workshop session, new mentors review techniques and frameworks to help prepare them to be the most effective mentors possible. Participants will gain a solid understanding of: a mentor’s role, relationship-building techniques, stages of relationship development, reporting requirements, communication, setting boundaries, and the positive youth development framework. We welcome current mentors, program staff, and anyone interested in improving their mentoring or youth development skills. To receive mentor training as an individual or for your program, two options are available:

1. VMP offers regular new mentor training sessions open to the general public at our office location in Richmond. Space is limited to 15 participants. Cost: $30 per person

Register now:

Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-8pm, Register here
Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-8pm, Register here
Thursday, May 9, 5:30-8pm, Register here
Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-8pm, Register here
2. VMP schedules private on-site trainings for mentoring programs upon request. Cost: $350 per session + travel costs, if applicable. Call VMP to inquire about scholarship rates.

Click here to contact our staff to request a private training for your program.

FAQS about private training:

What length of time should my program plan for a training?

A standard new mentor training session is 2.5 hrs, but training may be modified to fit 2 or 3 hour windows. Trainings of less than 2 hours are not recommended in order to preserve the quality of content.

What does it cover? Can I make requests for content?

Key content areas include relationship-building techniques, defining a mentor’s role and navigating situations of role confusion, reporting requirements, communication techniques, setting healthy boundaries, and the positive youth development framework. For private trainings, VMP works with program coordinators to customize trainings within this framework, identifying common challenges or questions to emphasize during the session. Additional material surrounding trauma-informed mentoring and cultural sensitivity may also be added. We want to make sure that the training is as relevant as possible for the unique needs of every program’s mentors.

How many people can I have at my training? Is there a minimum/maximum?

We have trained groups as small as 3 and as large as 120. Because our training curriculum is heavily activity- and discussion-based, trainings are most successful when there are enough participants to engage and share in active but structured discussion. We often recommend a “sweet spot” of 20-25 to maximize engagement, but this should not be considered a hard and fast rule. 

VMP provided training at the beginning of the program year, but I see that my mentors need opportunities to learn and develop their skills throughout the year. What now?

VMP offers mentor training for all stages of the mentoring relationship. 

  • Q&A: Mentors gather with VMP staff for an opportunity to ask questions about challenges they have faced in mentoring and to practice scenarios of these common challenges
  • Mentoring with a Trauma-informed Lens
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Mentoring
  • “Deeper Dive” into Communication: Communication Techniques to Build Partnership
  • “Deeper Dive” into Boundary Setting: Practice Scenarios
  • Closure: Advice and tips for ending the program year on a good note

What if I’m having trouble gathering my mentors for one training?

If scheduling is an issue, several partners choose to send mentors to VMP’s general public sessions, offered 1-2 times per month, allowing mentors to select a training date that works best for their schedule. Call VMP to talk through scheduling options.

I came to a training before and really liked my trainer. Can I make a request?

We love when our partners bond with our training team! VMP’s training team offers a depth of experience across a variety of specialty areas. All trainers have many years of experience with youth development, coordinating youth programming, training mentors, and serving as mentors. Click here to meet our trainers.

My program is located in ____. Will you really come to me?

Yes, we will come to you! We travel all over the Commonwealth to provide trainings to partners. Mileage rates apply when travel is required. 

Elements of Effective Practice Trainings

VMP provides periodic professional development opportunities to equip mentoring program staff with knowledge about best practices associated with high quality, impactful, sustainable programming. Training topics include the standards outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice: Recruitment, Screening, Training, Matching & Initiating, Monitoring & Support, & Closure.