Our agency uses evidence-based strategies as well as, standards-based best practices to execute the highest level of quality mentoring.  We utilize the practices and principals from such national organizations as Indiana Mentor, National Mentoring Partnership, Mentoring Central, MENTOR (National Mentoring Partnership), OJJDP, and National Institute of Justice (Crime Solutions).  Evidence-Based and Standards-Based Practices that we have adopted are listed below:

  • Using formal mentoring (both developmental-psychosocial and instrumental)
  • Using one-to-one mentoring, group mentoring, team mentoring, and peer mentoring


Evidence-Based Best Practices:

  • Carefully screen both potential mentors and mentees
  • Match mentors and mentees primarily on the basis of shared interests
  • Use structured activities, developmental or instrumental approaches, and make activities fun, and challenging (and meaningful)
  • Provide mentors and mentees with orientation, training, and support for the duration of the match
  • Provide closure for the match
  • Use sound management practices
  • Have well-developed personnel qualifications, job descriptions, eligibility requirements, and professional development opportunities for staff
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of youth outcomes
  • Use sound financial practices to ensure the sustainability of the program and the match
  • Involve parents in their child’s success through multiple means