Mentoring takes place between young persons (i.e., mentees) and older or more experienced persons (i.e., mentors) who are acting in a non-professional helping capacity to provide support that benefits one or more areas of the mentee’s development (What is Mentoring?, National Mentoring Resource Center, accessed December 2014). Research shows that mentoring programs can improve behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes for at-risk youth (OJJDP Annual Report 2012, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2013).
OJJDP has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to supporting mentoring programs at the national and state levels, with mentoring appropriations totaling more than $615 million from FY 2008 to FY 2014 (Mentoring Resources, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention). With support from OJJDP, the National Mentoring Resource Center will serve as a comprehensive and reliable resource for mentoring tools and information, program and training materials, and technical assistance.
In recognition of National Mentoring Month (celebrated each January) and to serve as a resource throughout the year, NCJRS presents this online compilation of publications and information on mentoring. For more information on this topic, please select a page from the list below or from the box at the right under the heading "Mentoring Resources":