Advocating, Educating, and Setting Quality Standards
MENTOR Minnesota, formerly the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, launched in 1994 as a community initiative to promote mentoring for Minnesota youth. For over 20 years, we have led the mentoring movement to ensure youth and mentors have access to high-quality mentoring experiences through our network of 200 mentoring programs.
Our Vision: Quality mentoring experiences for all young people
Our Mission: Our mission is to build and elevate the capacity of programs, systems, and policies to strengthen youth mentoring relationships.
Our Guiding Principles:
- Champions for youth: We believe that young people are fully capable of thriving and reaching success in their lives. MPM celebrates and recognizes the many strengths and assets that youth possess.
- Excellence: We promote best practices and embraces high standards for quality, innovation, and continuous improvement.
- Collaboration: We leverage and extend our work through community partnerships and collaborations.
- Servant Leadership: We encourage and support others through participatory leadership and serves as a unifying voice to strengthen the mentoring field.
- Mentoring Mindset: We are dedicated to creating a culture where youth are supported through a web of mentoring relationships.
- Inclusivity: We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of our work.
- Accountability: We operate at the highest level of integrity to ensure donor funds are used as entrusted.
- Sustainability and Relevance: We advocate that mentoring is a critical youth development strategy that supports increased access and support in education and employment while decreasing youths’ involvement in the juvenile justice system.
What We Do
MENTOR Minnesota supports and collaborates with more than 200 mentor programs that serve approximately 130,000 youth of all ages (primarily 8-18) in mentoring relationships across Minnesota. While growth is a vital component of connecting more young people with mentors, we are dedicated to making sure those connections are quality matches, made through quality mentoring programs.
- Assess quality and support continuous improvement efforts for all mentoring experiences.
- Identify, collect and synthesize research and best practices within the mentoring and youth development field.
- Disseminate tools, knowledge, and best practices from mentoring and youth development practitioners and researchers.
- Develop and enhance capacity within mentoring programs, systems and infrastructures.
- Provide policy platform/advocacy alignment with all youth development community partners.
- Enlist broader community and funding support for mentoring programs
Why We Do What We Do
Mentoring works! Young people who have mentors have a better chance of succeeding and are more likely to make positive choices. Yet, in Minnesota, there are an estimated 250,000 young people who need and could benefit from an adult mentor.
MENTOR Minnesota’s strength is in the commitment, expertise, and work of its board, volunteers, and connection to our national office. Read more about our strong leadership here.
Our Strategic Partners
We cannot do this work alone. MENTOR Minnesota is grateful for the generous support and contributions we have received in support of youth mentoring. Read more about our strategic partners and check out our annual reports here.
Meet our team who help drive the quality mentoring movement in Minnesota.
Work with Us
Want to join our team? Check out our current openings.
Read more about MENTOR Minnesota’s new logo here.