Toolkit on Effective Mentoring for Youth
Facing Barriers to Success

Best practices and resources to build, strengthen, evaluate and sustain effective mentoring programs for youth considered at high-risk of under education, unemployment, homelessness, criminalization, and other negative outcomes.

Purpose of the Toolkit

“Mentoring can be really helpful for youth who don’t have positive or valuable role models in their lives. [Try] your best not to frame it as a “program”, no one likes being treated like a problem that needs to be “mentored”. Obviously targeting [particular] groups and demographics is necessary, but try the best to obscure it. Keep it confidential (beyond what the law requires).” (Covenant House Youth Consultation)

WHO is the toolkit for?

  • Mentoring program staff and managersYouth
  • Adults working with youth facing barriers
  • Community organizations
  • Mentors
  • Researchers
  • Funders

WHAT is the purpose of the toolkit?

  • To share key information and resources for developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining effective mentoring initiatives for youth facing multiple barriers to success
  • To provide access to a variety of resources in one convenient place

WHY should people use the toolkit?

  • To help ensure that mentoring is rooted in best practices
  • To help increase the likelihood that vulnerable youth involved in mentoring programs experience safe relationships and positive results

HOW can the toolkit be used?

  • To support the development, expansion, and enhancement of mentoring for youth based on best practices
  • To gain knowledge to better serve mentees facing multiple barriers
  • To provide tools for mentors to enhance their practice
  • To enhance results for vulnerable youth
  • To access consolidated literature in mentoring youth facing multiple barriers to success

WHERE can the toolkit be accessed?

  • The toolkit can be accessed both online and in PDF format that can be printed
Funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services