Sustaining YouthBuild Mentoring

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Because YouthBuild USA envisions mentoring as a long-term project, all YouthBuild USA National Mentoring Alliance members must create a sustainability plan to guide their efforts. New funds will not only build on the foundation you lay today but may allow you to expand mentoring opportunities to students over the 18-year age limit imposed by the OJJDP National Mentoring Alliance funds.


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General Sustainability Tasks

Whenever the word “sustainability” is used, most people think first of fundraising. While raising funds to pay for the mentoring coordinator’s position once the OJJDP National Mentoring Alliance grant has ended is certainly at the top of your program’s sustainability to-do list, there are a number of other tasks that can help ensure the long-term viability of your mentoring program:

  • Create and maintain new partnerships. As time goes on, you’ll learn more about the types of external partners and in-kind support your mentoring program needs. Take time at the end of every year to thank current partners and explore opportunities with new ones.
  • Revitalize your YouthBuild mentoring advisory committee. Your advisory committee will have to take a very active role in your future fundraising and program development activities. At the end of each year, think about what types of new skills, connections, or personalities you need to add to your advisory committee. Bring in some new members to get fresh perspectives on the team.
  • Develop staff skills. Build in time for essential staff development and training so that the program is better prepared to meet the challenges of the coming year.
  • Access training and technical assistance. If there are aspects of your program that you know need improving, do not be afraid to ask for help.