December 2023 Mentoring News


Training for Programs

Introduction to TMP Services & Elements of Effective Practice

Wednesday, December 20, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This informational session is intended to introduce mentoring programs to the technical assistance, training, and network services provided by The Mentoring Partnership. The foundation of our services is based on the six Elements of Effective Practice, a collection of research-informed practices for youth mentoring programs. You will learn those elements as part of this session. Attending this training is also the first step in the Quality Coaching process. Sessions are currently being done virtually. You must be registered to attend. Registration will close 2 days before the scheduled session. Click here to register!


Training for Mentors and Mentees

Virtual Mentoring 101 Training

Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This interactive training program provides participants with an introduction to mentoring and what to expect as a mentor. Topics like the "mentoring lifecycle," communication skills, establishing boundaries, and appreciating diversity will make it easier for mentors to navigate relationships with their mentees. This training is appropriate to introduce new volunteers to the field of mentoring and to refresh current mentors on best practices. Registration will close once the training is full or 2 days before the scheduled session. Click here to register!


Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid

Thursday, December 14, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then attend a 6-hour, Instructor-led videoconference. Click here to register!


Program Development

Apply Now! The 2023-2024 NMRC Grant Cycle is Open!

Are you looking to strengthen your program according to research-based youth mentoring best practices? Are you thinking of how to finesse your mentee and mentor recruitment strategy? Do you need help developing virtual trainings for your volunteers? Would you like assistance in creating a logic model or participant surveys? 


To support programs and organizations that serve youth and/or families, TMP offers no-cost technical assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center to provide resources and coaching on research-based best practices and strategies rooted in the nationally recognized Elements of Effective Practice for youth mentoring. Trained staff at TMP can assist you and your program with topics such as e-mentoring transitions, recruitment, virtual mentor/mentee training, closure procedures, and many others! 


Reach out to TMP by emailing Ashley Wineland ( to discuss how we can best support you and your work!  


Register for the Mentoring Connector - A FREE Service to Help Recruit Mentors! 

Did you know that there is a free service to help you recruit more volunteers and increase visibility for your mentoring program? Each year, potential volunteers looking for mentoring opportunities do more than 80,000 searches in the Mentoring Connector. It's easy to register your program and make sure that volunteers can connect with you!


Easy, 4-Step Process to Register Your Program in the Mentoring Connector

  1. Go to
  2. Click the "Add a New Program" button.
  3. Complete the form and provide information on your mentoring program. Remember that this information will be visible to anyone searching for your programs through the system!
  4. Click "Submit" when finished.


Questions about the Mentoring Connector or process to add your program? Contact Ashley Wineland at


ICYMI: Welcome Kimberly Doubt! 

TMP is thrilled to welcome the newest member of the team, Kimberly Doubt, our Director of Training and Program Development! Click here to learn more about her or reach out to her at to say hello!


Community News

National Mentoring Month is Almost Here!

Since 2002, MENTOR and its affiliates have designated the month of January as National Mentoring Month. This is a time to come together and celebrate all things mentoring! We will be posting on our social media throughout the month of January to celebrate some important dates. If you post, make sure to use the hashtag #MentoringAmplifies or #MentoringMonth, so we can promote what you are up to. Need help with ideas? Check out the National Mentoring Month Resource toolkit and visit our National Mentoring Month webpage to learn more. 


National Mentoring Summit

Wednesday, January 24 - Friday, January 26, 2024

The National Mentoring Summit will be held on Jan. 24-26, 2024 at the Renaissance Washington, DC (soon to be a Westin property). The event begins with Capitol Hill Day (Jan 24th) and continues with great workshops and events at the summit. We hope that you'll join us and hundreds of others to learn and share! Click here to learn more.


Mentor Chat Season 5 

All episodes of Mentor Chat Season 5 are live! Listen now to hear Ashley and Sophia talk about the Becoming a Better Mentor Guide: Strategies to Be There for Young People! You'll hear from special guests, learn real-life tips, and more!  All episodes from Season 5 can be found here or by searching "Mentor Chat" on all major podcast listening platforms.