NQMS provides mentoring programs an opportunity to self-reflect and identify realistic goals for improvement and innovation in addition to contributing to a growing body of knowledge about effective practices in mentoring. NQMS helps programs bring their practices into alignment with the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and supplements.


Want to get started?

1. Register and log in to Mentoring Connector


2.Complete self-guided reflection on program quality metrics 

3. Register for 1:1 consulting guide services 


4. Work with a MENTOR Minnesota consultant at no cost to create goals for your program's improvement and innovation"


5.Receive MENTOR Minnesota quality assessment badge 

If you're ready to get started or would like to discuss more, please email us.

The National Quality Mentoring System

MENTOR Minnesota believes that expanding best practices within mentoring programs protects youth and volunteers and protects the field of mentoring. Advanced research shows that quality mentoring practices are a determining factor in achieving positive youth outcomes.


For nearly a decade, MENTOR Minnesota has provided a meaningful indicator of quality for youth mentoring programs which has lead to an increased prevalence of quality practices through a systematic and structured process on the local level.

Establishing a Systematic Approach

The National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) process, modeled after our Quality Mentoring Assessment Path, helps programs bring their practices into alignment with the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, and allows MENTOR and its network of Affiliates to establish consistent quality standards among mentoring programs across the country.


The process also results in a public designation that signifies an organization’s commitment to assessing their practices and operating quality programming. Families, volunteers, and funders can feel confident about participating in and supporting. a mentoring program that meets national quality standards.

Make an Impact on the Mentoring Movement

MENTOR Minnesota is dedicated to quality mentoring experiences for all young people. Yet, 1 in 3 young people still need and could benefit from a caring adult mentor. Your gift helps us close that mentoring gap. Donate today.