Quality Mentoring

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

It all started with the QMAP.


“I was able to effectively communicate the needs of a quality mentoring program to funders and was able to obtain a larger grant this year because of [the QMAP.]” 
– Jessica Wheeler, Red Wing YMCA Y-Pals

“The QMAP was a very good tool to use, and [it] made me really evaluate the program and see where changes needed to happen. I was able to make many of those changes, and it has helped me to be a better advocate for the mentoring program.”
– Judy Siebenaler, Wabasha County Youth Link Mentorship

“QMAP has been wonderful for my program, and I have received nothing but exceptional support from everyone at the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota.”

– Children’s Home Society & Family Services Representative

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. In 2010, MENTOR Minnesota began increasing the prevalence of quality practices in mentoring programs through a structured and systematic process – the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path, or QMAP. The goal of the QMAP was to better understand programs’ current strengths and help them identify areas for improvement in order to enhance future program practices and youth outcomes. The questions were based on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, which outline program design, management, operations, and evaluation best practices and serve as the gold standard for the mentoring field, and from insight provided by a Quality Advisory Committee made up of experienced Minnesota mentoring and evaluation practitioners.

The National Quality Mentoring System

The QMAP is now the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS)!  MENTOR Minnesota is proud to have assisted MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership in the development and rollout of a national quality assessment based on our Minnesota QMAP online tool and process.

The NQMS allows MENTOR and its network of affiliates to establish consistent quality standards among mentoring programs across the country. In Minnesota, the NQMS allows us to continue to provide a meaningful indicator of quality for youth mentoring programs and to lend credibility to individual programs to attract resources and support.  Families, volunteers, and funders can feel confident about participating in, and supporting, a mentoring program that meets national quality standards.

Programs ready for next steps can learn how to get started on the NQMS, as well as what to expect along the way by following the link below. Not sure if your program is ready? The NQMS FAQs can help guide you in the right direction. If you believe you are ready to get started or would like to discuss more, please email us or call us at (612) 800-5990.

Steps of the NQMS