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.

Program Management & Sustainability

Just like there are evidence-informed practices in program implementation, there are also a number of best practices in program management. The Elements of Effective Practice for MentoringTM (MENTOR, 2015) identifies these key areas:

  • clarity of purpose and intended impact
  • leadership and professional development
  • clear policies and procedures to maximize quality
  • resource development
  • communications and marketing
  • evaluation and learning

Some helpful tools and templates in these areas can be found here:

Tools for designing and planning a program (MENTOR, 2015)
Includes policies and procedures.

Tools to manage a program for success (MENTOR, 2015)
Includes resource development, communication and marketing, and information management.

Tools for effective program activities and operations (MENTOR, 2015)
Includes orientation guides, match agreements, match activities, screening guidelines, closure forms, etc.

In addition to maximizing the quality and the impact of your program in the present, these components are also considered key strategies to support the sustainability of your program in the future.


Funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services