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National Disability Mentoring Coalition
The mission of NDMC is to increase the awareness, quality, and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Visit the site to learn more, review the 40 Member organizations and sign up for their mailing list. The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition to honor those who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities. Public nominations are received each year with each Class announced and induction ceremonies held throughout the year. NDMC also released a White Paper, Mentoring as a Disability Inclusion Strategy, in September 2017, which is available for download below.
MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap for the one in three young people growing up without this critical support. MENTOR operates the Mentoring Connector, the only national database of mentoring programs. The Mentoring Connector is a free service that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the country recruit more local volunteers while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. MENTOR also provides national webinars and communications tools, including videos like Jessica Cox: Mentor In Real Life.
National Mentoring Resoure Center
In 2013, the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) selected MENTOR to establish a national training and technical assistance center focused solely on mentoring. The goal is to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring programs and relationships across the country by supporting practitioners to more deeply incorporate evidence-based practices into their work. The NMRC provides no-cost training and technical assistance, tools, program curricular and training materials, and provide evidence reviews on the effectiveness of program models and practices for youth mentoring programs.
Elements of Effective Mentoring
MENTOR’s cornerstone publication, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, details research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. The Fourth Edition, released in September 2015, reflects the most up-to-date research, practice, and thinking in the mentoring field. The six evidence-based Standards are intended to be applicable across almost every type of youth mentoring program. Each Standard includes Benchmarks to ensure the safety and effectiveness of mentoring relationships, as well as Enhancements that may be promising, innovative and useful for programs. Additionally, a Program Planning and Management section offers recommendations for designing, building, and strengthening mentoring programs and services.
The Mentoring Effect
The Mentoring Effect is a compelling report informed by the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of both informal and formal mentoring, as well as a literature and landscape review and insights from a variety of key leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and education. The report was commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T, and written by Civic Enterprises in partnership with Hart Research.
Mentoring: at the crossroads of education, business and community
EY and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership together released a report “Mentoring: at the crossroads of education, business and community.” The report examines how top US businesses collaborate with the public and non-profit sectors to connect youth in their communities to transformative mentoring relationships and the value gained by the business and its employees. The report also has a call to action for companies to increase efforts to support youth mentoring -- reinforced by the key benefits that engagement in youth mentoring provides for participating companies.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
NCWD/Youth is a source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. NCWD/Youth is based at the Institute for Educational Leadership. and is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).