The purpose of mentoring is to improve young people’s academic achievement, self-esteem, social competence, and avoidance of problem/high-risk behaviors by providing a relationship with a caring adult who works to help them achieve their potential or learn a skill. The focus of outcomes for this program is targeted toward youth as the primary recipients of services, not mentors. Programs occur either at a designated site or facility (site-based) or at various locations deemed mutually convenient by participants (field-based). There are many types of mentoring, and this content is related primarily to developmental, community-based mentoring for youth.

Questions your program should answer:

  1. Are You Reaching the Young People You Intend to Serve?
  2. Do Youth Experience Enduring, High Quality Mentoring Relationships?
  3. Do Program Services Promote High Quality Matches?

By Urban Institute 


Sources Cited

Definition adapted from Urban Institute and The Center for What Works