News & Events

Opps! I did it again. I forgot about the brownie!

April 4, 2014

You’re about to address your local Kiwanis Club, a room of about 80 business leaders.  You step up to the podium, introduce yourself, and then you ask them to close their eyes and think of a person who made an impact on their lives.  Then you ask them to imagine their life...

Ready to Go: A workshop you don’t want to miss!

April 3, 2014

When I first came on staff at MPM, I was overwhelmed by all the things I wanted to learn.  There were books I wanted to read and people I wanted to meet and acronyms I needed to memorize.  I was looking for experts who were willing to give me...

Keeping Kids SAFE: Oprah’s Conversation with Child Predators

January 6, 2014

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) staff recently spent an afternoon watching Oprah Winfrey interview four men who have molested children about their motivations and methods. Following this unique, in-depth interview with four child predators, Oprah stated her primary take-away from the experience was, “trust is the number one factor...

QMAP Resource Corner: Using Evaluation Data to Improve Programs

December 10, 2013

Throughout this year, we have been sharing findings gathered through the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) assessments of Minnesota mentoring programs during 2012. As we close out the year, we’re taking one last look at information that QMAP process has provided to the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) with...

QMAP Resource Corner: Diversified Communications Planning

November 12, 2013

Findings from the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) process provide MPM with in-depth information about challenges that mentoring program staff face in balancing program development with managing the day-to-day program functions. From data gathered through QMAP assessments of Minnesota mentoring programs during 2012, communications planning emerged as an area...

A Farewell from Nicki Patnaude

October 31, 2013

“Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”  – Garrison Keillor Time sure has a way of flying past us.  I know it sounds terribly cliché, but it really does feel like I just started my AmeriCorps Promise Fellow term yesterday.  In reality, it’s been nine months and...

QMAP Resource Corner: Outcomes of Mentoring for Mentors

October 9, 2013

Findings from the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) process provide MPM with in-depth information about challenges that mentoring program staff face in balancing program development with managing the day-to-day program functions. From data gathered through QMAP assessments of Minnesota mentoring programs during 2012, one area that is less developed...

QMAP Resource Corner: Criminal Background Check Resources

September 12, 2013

The Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) process offers MPM insights about challenges mentoring program staff face in managing day-to-day program functions. Based on QMAP assessments of Minnesota mentoring programs in 2012, one area that is confusing for programs to navigate is conducting criminal background checks on potential volunteers. Mentoring...

Are the Elements of Effective Pratice Relevant?

August 21, 2013

I vividly recall my first official  meeting with five new teammates who had been deployed to create a mentoring program for 200 students in our faith community.  Our supervisor approached the white board and began to write. “‘A’ is where we are right now, no mentors and no matches. ...