New resources from MENTOR will help to expand your mentoring toolkit!

Are you in a position of leadership in your workplace, looking to improve rapport between colleagues and boost productivity? Are you a mentor paired with a young person who needs help finding their passion, while also exploring what’s important in life for yourself? Are you looking to improve your understanding of social and emotional growth in early adolescence with strategies based on, and informed by, research?

If any of these situations applies to you, or if you’re just curious to learn more about these subject areas, has released several guides to aid you with this process. You can find a brief description of each guide below, along with a link to download the materials they’ve provided.


Workplace Mentoring Guide:

Workplace mentoring programs are increasingly using mentors to support both job-specific and soft-skill development like building relationships, practicing critical and creative thinking, decision making, giving and receiving feedback, and driving influence for young employees. MENTOR’s workplace mentoring resource is a how-to guide of best practices for workplace mentoring programs. Produced with generous support from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Workplace Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring is the latest in MENTOR’s series of relevant and timely supplements to the cornerstone publication, Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring.

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Youth Purpose Guide:

Mentors have a unique opportunity to help youth find meaning, a sense of self, and ways of giving back to their world. MENTOR’s new resource is a how-to guide for mentors and the young people in their lives. Created with support from JPMorgan Chase & Co., The Mentor’s Guide to Youth Purpose includes directive tips and worksheets to help adults and young people understand and explore purpose together.

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Social and Emotional Growth Guide: 

This guide focuses specifically on relationship-based strategies for young adolescents in the middle grades. Young adolescence is a time of tremendous social and emotional growth, yet research and interventions specific to this unique developmental stage are sparse compared to those focusing on the elementary grades. Identifying specific mentoring and relationship-based strategies that promote social and emotional learning (SEL) for students in the middle grades will ensure that students receive the necessary supports to maximize their potential and lay the foundation for healthy development and relationships as they grow, increasing their chances of future academic, career, and life success. This document includes a review of research related to SEL and relationships, as well as case studies of programs that combine SEL and mentoring practices. It also features recommendations for practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, and funders.

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