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Further Developing and Enhancing the National Mentoring Resource Center

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,500,000)

The purpose of the OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) is to provide comprehensive mentoring resources,
references, and training materials for a nationwide audience; and, advance the implementation of evidence- and
research-based mentoring practices. The goal of the resource center is to enhance the capacity of mentoring organizations to develop, implement, and expand effective mentoring practices.

The National Mentoring Partnership’s (MENTOR) goal is to build upon and enhance the established, comprehensive NMRC to equip the mentoring field with high quality information, resources, and technical assistance (TA), and to advance the implementation of evidence and research-based mentoring practices. MENTOR seeks to continue addressing the evolving needs of diverse mentoring organizations nationwide, including OJJDP grantees, by deepening service users’ engagement with the NMRC, strategically expanding its content, and fostering peer collaboration. To this end, MENTOR will: 1) adhere to a work plan and timeline, and a consistent system of communication with OJJDP, to ensure that key goals and activities are accomplished; 2) partner with OJJDP to maintain and enhance an interactive and practitioner-friendly NMRC and its comprehensive catalogue of resources and reviews; 3) continually assess and respond to gaps in evidence-based practice and performance measurement among mentoring organizations; 4) deliver evidence-based training and TA to OJJDP grantees and the broader field to increase capacity and effectiveness; 5) deliver evidence-based practice and performance measurement information, tools and research; 6) expand the NMRC’s implementation resources, including contributions of OJJDP grantees; 7) deliver online modules addressing common needs and promoting efficiencies; 8) provide customized in-person and virtual technical assistance and training to OJJDP grantees; 9) facilitate collaboration and peer-learning among mentoring organizations and across disciplines; and 10) host a national conference convening mentoring practitioners.

Date Created: September 26, 2016