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Resources for New Mentoring Programs & New Staff Members


Learn about Mentor Michigan, the Quality Program Standards, and other useful resources for mentoring programs. This presentation is designed for those interested in starting a mentoring program and …

Learn about Mentor Michigan, the Quality Program Standards, and other useful resources for mentoring programs. This presentation is designed for those interested in starting a mentoring program and for new mentoring programs

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  • 1. Resources for New Mentoring Programs & New Staff Members
  • 2. What is Mentor Michigan?
    • A statewide partnership of 300 youth mentoring programs.
    • Works to ensure that all youth have ongoing relationships with stable, caring individuals.
    • Supports, strengthens and sustains mentoring throughout the state.
  • 3. MM Programs and Activities
    • Mentor Recruitment and Referral
    • The Mentor Michigan Directory
    • Online resource
    • Comprehensive list of mentoring programs in Michigan
  • 4.
    • Public Awareness
    • Raises awareness of the value of mentoring
    • Michigan Mentoring Month
    • Need for mentors – especially male mentors
    • Promotes mentoring as a critical solution to issues facing the state
    MM Programs and Activities
  • 5.
    • Training and Technical Assistance
    • Quality Standards for Youth Mentoring
    • Mentor Michigan provides training and technical assistance for mentoring programs to help them meet these standards
    MM Programs and Activities
  • 6.
    • Annual Conference
    • Convenes mentoring professionals from across the state
    • Brings in national mentoring leaders
    • Training
    • Networking
    MM Programs and Activities
  • 7.
    • Research and Evaluation
    • Mentor Michigan Census
    • Annual survey
    • Identify program needs
    • Overall status of mentoring in Michigan
    • Understand the scope and nature of mentoring and mentoring organizations in Michigan
    MM Programs and Activities
  • 8. MM Programs and Activities
    • Three key objectives:
      • Identify, count, describe, and track mentoring organizations, programs, mentors, and mentees.
      • Understand program components, processes, resources, and needs.
      • Encourage and support program evaluation.
  • 9.
    • Statewide Recognition
    • Governor’s Service Awards
    • Annual volunteer recognition event
    • Mentor of the Year
    • Outstanding Mentoring Program
    MM Programs and Activities
  • 10. Quality Program Standards
    • Developed by the Providers Council
    • Not meant to certify or accredit mentoring programs
    • Planning and assessment framework
  • 11. Program Self-Assessment Checklist
    • Strengths of program/organization
    • Potential Improvement
    • Components of quality mentoring
  • 12. Standard 1: Definition of Youth Mentoring
    • The program defines mentoring as an ongoing, structured relationship with a trusted individual aimed at developing the competence and potential of the mentee.
  • 13. Standard 1: Definition of Youth Mentoring
    • Community-based mentoring programs:
      • A minimum of one calendar year
      • Meetings must occur several times each month for a minimum of four (4) hours per month
    • School-based mentoring programs
      • Weekly contact between mentors and mentees that lasts for a minimum of one academic year
  • 14. Standard 1: Definition of Youth Mentoring
    • A ratio of mentees to mentors of no more than 4:1 for group mentoring, which includes a consistent relationship between the one mentor and the same four mentees.
  • 15. Standard 2: Recruitment Plan
    • Comprehensive recruitment plan for mentors and mentees
    • System for timely mentor and mentee follow-up and enrollment
  • 16. Standard 3: Eligibility Screening
    • The program screens mentors and mentees for eligibility
    • Mentor and mentee applications and all relevant data are reviewed for eligibility and acceptance
  • 17. Resources for Background Checks
    • References
    • Criminal History Checks
      • ICHAT ( )
      • FBI Fingerprint Checks
      • SafetyNET ( )
    • Sex Offender Registry
        • Michigan ( )
        • National ( )
    • Child Abuse Registry (DHS)
    • County/Local Law Enforcement Agency
    • Driving Records
  • 18. Standard 4: Orientation and Training
    • The program provides each mentor, mentee, and parent/guardian of mentee orientation with training and support materials.
    • Trained staff or volunteers conduct these sessions, which are held prior to the match.
  • 19. Standard 5: Matching Strategy
      • The program has a well-documented matching strategy
  • 20. Standard 6: Match Monitoring Process
    • The program maintains a process that monitors and supports mentoring matches
  • 21. Standard 7: Mentor Support, Recognition, and Retention
    • The program supports mentoring relationships, recognizes volunteers, and has strategies for volunteer retention
  • 22. Standard 8: Match Closure
    • The program has a process for effective match closure
  • 23. Standard 9: Program Evaluation
    • The program conducts an evaluation process, which includes both process and outcome evaluations
  • 24. Standard 10: Organizational Management
    • The program has established organizational management practices
    • Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • 25. Standard 11: Governance
    • The program has a governance structure that includes a volunteer (non-compensated) board of directors or advisory council
    • Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • 26. Mentor Michigan Listserv
    • Sign up to receive news, information, training opportunities, and funding opportunities
  • 27. Mentor Michigan Calendar
    • Up-to-date listing of Trainings, Workshops and Webinars offered
    • Visit and click on “Training and Technical Assistance”
  • 28. Mentor Michigan Directory
    • Online resource
    • Comprehensive list of mentoring programs in Michigan
    • and click on “Directory of Mentoring Programs” on the left hand side of your screen
  • 29. MentorPRO
    • Online data tracking and analysis system
    • Manage P rograms, monitor mentoring R elationships, and Evaluate O utcomes
  • 30. Caregiver’s Choice
    • Federal funding stream to support matches between caring adults and children of prisoners
    • Voucher-based system that provides up to $1,000 in federal funds to support new matches
    • Mentoring programs must meet quality standards to be eligible to apply
  • 31. Other Resources
    • MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership
      • News, information, research, resources
    • NWREL’s National Mentoring Center
      • Training, technical assistance, program resources
    • MSU Extension
  • 32. Mentor Michigan Staff Amber Troupe MM Program Coordinator (517) 241-3493 Kathie Vasilion Robinson Administrative Assistant [email_address] (517) 373-4200 Elyse Walter Communication Coordinator [email_address] (517) 241-0063 Ben Gulker MM Special Initiatives Associate [email_address] (517) 241-2716 Katy Timmer MM AmeriCorps*VISTA [email_address] (517) 241-4784
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