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Development of a National Mentoring Resource Center

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $999,920)

The National Mentoring Partnership, Inc.(MENTOR) has served as the unifying champion for expanded quality youth mentoring in the United States for 23 years. From this experience and infrastructure, MENTOR proposes to establish a state-of-the-art National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) for OJJDP to improve the quality and impact of mentoring nationwide by creating effective bridges among research, capacity building, and practice. MENTOR and its national network of Mentoring Partnerships, leading youth development organizations, and preeminent mentoring researchers will collaborate to better ensure mentoring practitioners are equipped to implement evolving evidence-based practices maximizing optimal youth outcomes. This team is uniquely positioned to develop and sustain the NMRC, furthering OJJDP's commitment to advance the implementation of evidence- and research-based mentoring practices. To achieve the goals of a comprehensive NMRC, the team will: 1) establish and maintain a dynamic, user-friendly NMRC Website engaging a Research Board to rigorously review 50 plus resources for inclusion in a "What Works" section; 2) assess the needs of mentoring programs and gaps in evidence-based mentoring resources through technical assistance and utilizing MENTOR's Quality Mentoring System program assessment; 3) provide and disseminate evidence-based practice information through the Website, a national train-the-trainer seminar, and ongoing local trainings from trusted leaders; 4) develop an online resource clearinghouse; 5) develop and deliver online and onsite trainings advancing evidence-based strategies and tools to meet identified gaps; and 6) provide tools, practical techniques, and local settings for collaboration among mentoring organizations and diverse disciplines, contributing to improved coordination of mentoring services for youth. Progress on performance measures will be assessed through pre- and post-surveys for mentoring organizations, and data will be aggregated quarterly from the NMRC Web site and onsite assessments. Data collected will not constitute research. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 11, 2013