Resources for New Mentoring Programs & New Staff Members


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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. 1. Resources for New Mentoring Programs & New Staff Members
    2. 2. What is Mentor Michigan? <ul><li>A statewide partnership of 300 youth mentoring programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Works to ensure that all youth have ongoing relationships with stable, caring individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports, strengthens and sustains mentoring throughout the state. </li></ul>
    3. 3. MM Programs and Activities <ul><li>Mentor Recruitment and Referral </li></ul><ul><li>The Mentor Michigan Directory </li></ul><ul><li>Online resource </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive list of mentoring programs in Michigan </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Public Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Raises awareness of the value of mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Mentoring Month </li></ul><ul><li>Need for mentors – especially male mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes mentoring as a critical solution to issues facing the state </li></ul>MM Programs and Activities
    5. 5. <ul><li>Training and Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Standards for Youth Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor Michigan provides training and technical assistance for mentoring programs to help them meet these standards </li></ul>MM Programs and Activities
    6. 6. <ul><li>Annual Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Convenes mentoring professionals from across the state </li></ul><ul><li>Brings in national mentoring leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul>MM Programs and Activities
    7. 7. <ul><li>Research and Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor Michigan Census </li></ul><ul><li>Annual survey </li></ul><ul><li>Identify program needs </li></ul><ul><li>Overall status of mentoring in Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the scope and nature of mentoring and mentoring organizations in Michigan </li></ul>MM Programs and Activities
    8. 8. MM Programs and Activities <ul><li>Three key objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify, count, describe, and track mentoring organizations, programs, mentors, and mentees. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand program components, processes, resources, and needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage and support program evaluation. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Statewide Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Governor’s Service Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Annual volunteer recognition event </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor of the Year </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding Mentoring Program </li></ul>MM Programs and Activities
    10. 10. Quality Program Standards <ul><li>Developed by the Providers Council </li></ul><ul><li>Not meant to certify or accredit mentoring programs </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and assessment framework </li></ul>
    11. 11. Program Self-Assessment Checklist <ul><li>Strengths of program/organization </li></ul><ul><li>Potential Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Components of quality mentoring </li></ul>
    12. 12. Standard 1: Definition of Youth Mentoring <ul><li>The program defines mentoring as an ongoing, structured relationship with a trusted individual aimed at developing the competence and potential of the mentee. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Standard 1: Definition of Youth Mentoring <ul><li>Community-based mentoring programs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A minimum of one calendar year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings must occur several times each month for a minimum of four (4) hours per month </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School-based mentoring programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly contact between mentors and mentees that lasts for a minimum of one academic year </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Standard 1: Definition of Youth Mentoring <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Standard 2: Recruitment Plan <ul><li>Comprehensive recruitment plan for mentors and mentees </li></ul><ul><li>System for timely mentor and mentee follow-up and enrollment </li></ul>
    16. 16. Standard 3: Eligibility Screening <ul><li>The program screens mentors and mentees for eligibility </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor and mentee applications and all relevant data are reviewed for eligibility and acceptance </li></ul>
    17. 17. Resources for Background Checks <ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal History Checks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ICHAT ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FBI Fingerprint Checks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SafetyNET ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sex Offender Registry </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan ( ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National ( ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Child Abuse Registry (DHS) </li></ul><ul><li>County/Local Law Enforcement Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Driving Records </li></ul>
    18. 18. Standard 4: Orientation and Training <ul><li>The program provides each mentor, mentee, and parent/guardian of mentee orientation with training and support materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Trained staff or volunteers conduct these sessions, which are held prior to the match. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Standard 5: Matching Strategy <ul><ul><li>The program has a well-documented matching strategy </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Standard 6: Match Monitoring Process <ul><li>The program maintains a process that monitors and supports mentoring matches </li></ul>
    21. 21. Standard 7: Mentor Support, Recognition, and Retention <ul><li>The program supports mentoring relationships, recognizes volunteers, and has strategies for volunteer retention </li></ul>
    22. 22. Standard 8: Match Closure <ul><li>The program has a process for effective match closure </li></ul>
    23. 23. Standard 9: Program Evaluation <ul><li>The program conducts an evaluation process, which includes both process and outcome evaluations </li></ul>
    24. 24. Standard 10: Organizational Management <ul><li>The program has established organizational management practices </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Nonprofit Association </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Standard 11: Governance <ul><li>The program has a governance structure that includes a volunteer (non-compensated) board of directors or advisory council </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Nonprofit Association </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Mentor Michigan Listserv <ul><li>Sign up to receive news, information, training opportunities, and funding opportunities </li></ul>
    27. 27. Mentor Michigan Calendar <ul><li>Up-to-date listing of Trainings, Workshops and Webinars offered </li></ul><ul><li>Visit and click on “Training and Technical Assistance” </li></ul>
    28. 28. Mentor Michigan Directory <ul><li>Online resource </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive list of mentoring programs in Michigan </li></ul><ul><li> and click on “Directory of Mentoring Programs” on the left hand side of your screen </li></ul>
    29. 29. MentorPRO <ul><li>Online data tracking and analysis system </li></ul><ul><li>Manage P rograms, monitor mentoring R elationships, and Evaluate O utcomes </li></ul>
    30. 30. Caregiver’s Choice <ul><li>Federal funding stream to support matches between caring adults and children of prisoners </li></ul><ul><li>Voucher-based system that provides up to $1,000 in federal funds to support new matches </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring programs must meet quality standards to be eligible to apply </li></ul>
    31. 31. Other Resources <ul><li>MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News, information, research, resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NWREL’s National Mentoring Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training, technical assistance, program resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MSU Extension </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    32. 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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