Definition of Mentoring
Kansas Mentors’ Council of Mentors, composed of experts in faith, school and community-based mentoring programs from across the state, established the following definition:
Mentoring is a consistent, structured, stable relationship between youth and a caring role model(s) that:
- Involves regular, ongoing, and ideally face-to-face meetings; and
- Is focused on developing the character, capabilities and confidence of the young person(s).
Elements of Effective Practice
Kansas Mentors strongly endorses the Elements of Effective Practice™ created by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, which were developed by mentoring experts from across the nation and urges all mentoring programs to follow these practices. There are four key components:
- Program Design and Planning: This element provides a comprehensive strategy for how to start an effective mentoring program.
- Program Management: This element involves developing a finance plan and the managerial practices needed to help ensure the program is well-managed.
- Program Operations: This element focuses on recruitment, screening, training, and matching practices, which are beneficial to maintaining standards for safe and effective mentoring.
- Program Evaluation: This element gives guidance for establishing program quality and effectiveness.
MENTOR's How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program using the Elements of Effective Practice™ (including an editable toolkit) is available to download here.
Kansas Mentors' Gold Star Program
The Kansas Mentors Gold Star program was developed in an effort to provide a safe and effective mentoring environment for the youth of Kansas. This program recognizes mentoring partners across the state who have committed to maintaining a basic set of standards that ensure a quality mentoring experience. Developed by the Kansas Mentors Council of Mentors, these standards reflect guidelines set forth in MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership’s Elements of Effective Practice™ and the Council's definition of mentoring. Click here to learn more about the Gold Star Program.
MENTOR's How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Toolkit: A great resource for developing and experienced programs that offers essential guidelines for programs to develop, maintain and sustain all aspects of program operations.
Oregon Mentors' Evaluation Instrument Toolkit: A collection of downloadable evaluation instruments, surveys, scales, and questionnaires.
Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota's PR Toolkit: Learn to leverage effective media strategies, complete with customizable and downloadable templates for your organization.
Kansas Mentors' Advice for Mentors Toolkit: Support and advice for mentors that can be copied and pasted into any Kansas mentoring program's social media platform (Facebook & Twitter).
Mentor Michigan's Men in Mentoring Toolkit: This toolkit is designed to provide program staff and their trained mentor recruiters with language and tips to use when making the ask to men.
CNCS's Becoming a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Mentor Toolkit: Help organize a group of STEM volunteers to fulfill a need/gap in your community using this toolkit.
Connect for Kids' College Toolkit: Scholarship searches, courses children should be taking at what year, and engines to help youth decide on the right college.
Mentoring Partnership of Long Island's Discovering the Possibilities: Curriculum designed specifically for mentors and mentees in the 8th and 9th grades. Allows mentors to engage their mentees in exercises that get young people thinking seriously about college and taking the steps necessary to get there.
National Mentoring Month Toolkit: Key messages, social media calendar, and sample outreach materials for January's National Mentoring Month campaign.