Quality Mentoring

MENTOR Minnesota's ultimate goal is to create the best chances for long-lasting, positive experiences for young people entering mentoring relationships.


The National Quality Mentoring System

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

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™. 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.

Programs of any size and budget can participate in the NQMS and its quality designations. The process levels the playing field among mentoring programs for quality recognition because the research-based benchmarks and enhancements are universal, whether for small or large mentoring programs.

Next Steps

Steps of the NQMS