QMAP History

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


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.

Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their service and commitment to quality youth mentoring. Their expert insight was essential in developing the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®).

Quality Advisory Committee

QMAP Pilot Participants

Quality Mentoring