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. 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

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*In recognition of January as National Mentoring Month, we invite you to participate in one of our trainings this month FREE of charge. If you have been wondering what our training is all about, January is the time to find out! We welcome current mentors, program staff, and anyone interested in improving their mentoring or youth development skills.

January 9th, 5:30-8pm Register here

January 18th, 8-10am 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.