National Mentoring Alliance Operations Manual

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Please note that this online version of the manual features abbreviated content. Download the full print version of the Operations Manual in PDF format.

Last Update: 12/6/2011

This resource will assist your YouthBuild program in providing mentoring relationships to many of the students you engage, with the goal of improving outcomes during their time in YouthBuild and after they transition out of the program. Use the links on the right to navigate the content of the manual or select the arrows below to browse through each section.

About This Manual

This manual is designed to help local YouthBuild programs implement the YouthBuild mentoring program model within the guidelines set forth by OJJDP and YouthBuild USA. It provides research-based best practices on many aspects of running a mentoring program—such as recruiting mentors and pairing volunteers with students—with the expectation that local YouthBuild programs will further customize how mentoring is delivered to their students. With links to numerous additional resources and further readings, we hope that this manual becomes a valuable tool for the mentoring coordinators at YouthBuild sites around the country.

Other Resources at Your Disposal

While the Operations Manual provides a comprehensive overview of the many facets of running a YouthBuild mentoring program, it is not intended to be used in isolation. YouthBuild USA has also developed Training YouthBuild Mentors: A Guide for Staff (PDF) and a student-focused Ready for Mentoring guidebook (PDF), as well as other resources to support mentoring program implementation. Participating programs also have access to in-person trainings, site visits, and phone and e-mail technical assistance. So, please recognize that you will have access to many forms of support and advice in addition to the information found in this manual.