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QMAP Resource Corner: Exit Interviews with Mentees

August 7, 2013

Findings from the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP) process offer MPM new information about challenges mentoring program staff face as they balance the pursuit of quality with managing the day-to-day functions of their program. From data gathered through QMAP assessments of Minnesota mentoring programs during 2012, one area programs may overlook...

Farewell from Ashley Bemmels

August 7, 2013

I was a camp counselor in the summer of 2009, and it was the second to last day of camp when I asked one of the 9-year old campers, “Are you excited to go home?” The wise camper said something along the lines of “I am excited to go...

Child Sexual Abuse: It is time to talk about it

July 18, 2013

“If you read this book on the plane, I swear no one will talk to you.”  Turns out the author of SAFE: Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth Serving Organizations was right.  As I boarded the plane to California to become a certified trainer in Screening...

Field Testing the QMAP

June 12, 2013

As more Minnesota mentoring programs participate in evaluating and improving their implementation of best practices through the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®), MPM has fielded many requests from programs beyond our state about accessing the QMAP process. At the same time, questions have arisen about similarities and differences between...

QMAP Resource Corner: Match Agreements

May 8, 2013

Findings from the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) process have provided MPM with new insights into issues mentoring programs face as they work to advance quality in their programs while also managing day-to-day functions of mentoring initiatives.  One operational area that programs may overlook is developing match agreements –...

QMAP Resource Corner: The Issue of Evaluation

April 11, 2013

Findings from MPM’s Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) process have provided MPM with new insights into issues mentoring programs face as they work to advance quality in their programs while also managing the day-to-day management of mentoring initiatives.  From data gathered through QMAP assessments of Minnesota mentoring programs during...

I am a CHAMPION for Minnesota Youth!

April 1, 2013

Youth Day at the Capitol 2013 was held on March 13th at the Minnesota State Capitol hosted by the Youth Policy Alliance (YPA), a collaboration of statewide agencies promoting a healthy and sustainable comprehensive youth system for all Minnesota youth. MPM is a collaborative partner in the YPA.  I,...

QMAP Resource Corner: Strategic Planning

March 14, 2013

As more mentoring programs use MPM’s Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) process, MPM is learning more about how programs are striving to upgrade their management, operations and evaluation practices. More importantly, we are learning about the areas that present the greatest challenges to mentoring programs, and exploring new ways...

A Moment with Lady Gaga

February 12, 2013

The Lady Gaga Born Brave Bus Tour was an event for Lady Gaga’s fans to get connected to local resources in an open, kind environment, where her little monsters (the name Lady Gaga uses for her fans) could be themselves without fear or judgment. What a wonderful way for...