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Generic Mentoring Program Policy and Procedure Manual

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Date Published
September 2007
150 pages
This guide provides advice and a customizable template for creating an operation manual for a local mentoring program.
Mentoring is an increasingly popular way of providing guidance and support to young people in need. In recent years, youth mentoring has expanded from a relatively small youth intervention to a cornerstone youth service that is being implemented in schools and their communities. Much of the success of a mentoring program is dependent on the structure and consistency of service delivery. The Effective Strategies for Providing Quality Youth Mentoring in Schools and Community series, sponsored by the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence and supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is designed to give practitioners a set of tools and ideas that they can use to build quality mentoring programs. This revised workbook in the series offers a set of policies and procedures that are common for a typical community-based youth mentoring program, which include, but are not limited to; recruitment, eligibility, screening, training, match support and supervision policy, recognition, record-keeping, confidentiality, mentor screening, closure, and evaluation. School-based programs can also use this book as a starting point, provided they include relevant school policies or regulations and modify the content to reflect the site-based nature of their services.

Date Published: September 1, 2007