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, 2-2.5 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: $25 per person.

In celebration of National Mentoring Month, training fees will be dropped to $15 per person for our January sessions. Register today!

Register now:

Tuesday, January 22nd, 5:30-8pm, Register here

Wednesday, February 6, 5:30-8pm, Register here
Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-8pm, Register here
Wednesday, April 10, 5:30-8pm, Register here
Thursday, May 9, 5:30-8pm, Register here
Wednesday, June 5, 5:30-8pm, Register here
2. VMP schedules private on-site trainings for mentoring programs upon request. Cost: $300 per session + travel costs, if applicable. Call VMP to inquire about scholarship rates.

Click here to request a private training for your program

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.