Mentoring Stories

What is mentoring really like?
What does MENTOR Minnesota do?

Though each mentoring story is different, they all are inspiring. The stories below detail how mentoring has a profound impact, not only on the mentees, but on the mentors as well.

Read testimonials from a few mentoring programs about the impact quality training, technical assistance, and resources and support have had on their programming and mentoring relationships.

1: National Quality Mentoring System: A Time-Saver for a Busy Executive Director

Read what Sarah VanSickle from Project Friendship Mentoring in Northfield had to say about her experience with the NQMS:

“There are never enough hours in the day!” This is something I’ve said a million times. There is NEVER.ENOUGH.TIME. I am a Virgo so it goes without saying I am over organized and extremely type A to a fault. Managing Project Friendship (local mentoring organization in Northfield, MN, matching 2nd – 7th graders with college students) as the part-time Executive Director, there is always something on my to do lists (yes, I have more than one list). From new matches, forms to approve, grants and their reports to write, complete the NQMS process… the list is always long.

…Answering the NQMS questions was life changing. Everything was now out of my head in a document and ANYONE could follow the steps. This. Was. Absolutely. Life. Changing!

During the process of answering the questions, we wrote policies, procedures and handbooks with the help of our NQMS guide, the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. We updated our evaluations to tie our mission statement and logic model, which reflects what we really do! WHAT?!!?! I know, crazy! We found areas to improve, things we thought we needed to do but really, they don’t fit our program and areas where we were doing well. NQMS provided more than a assessment for Project Friendship, it defined our program. We were already doing what we should do, we now had the entire program start to finish, front end and back end. A system that anyone could learn and follow, which ultimately brings our staff’s focus back to our matches and their goals.

I highly recommend that all programs, especially smaller programs with limited resources like staff and time, go through the NQMS assessment and review process. Thinking through each area of your program and what’s really needed, how to streamline certain parts is worth every single minute you’ll spend on it and pay you back in TIME.

Read Sarah’s full post here.

2: in real life...KAT

Karl-Anthony Towns & Al Horford

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves shares how his mentor, Al Horford, guided him in the right direction on the Dominican national team.

Watch his #mentorIRL story here!




3: in real life...Dave

Dave Winfield & Bill PetersonMLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield thanks his mentor, Bill Peterson in the Beyond Influential Series from Sheraton. He says to Bill, “I know you helped me see, and perhaps become all I could be. You just helped bring out the best in me.”

Watch their story here!