Mentoring relationships have been shown to improve youth’s self-esteem, behavior, and academic performance. They are an effective way to prevent at-risk youth from becoming involved in delinquency and also to help already delinquent youth change their lives for the better.
OJJDP, in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, launched the National Mentoring Resource Center in January 2015. This online resource provides mentoring tools and information, program and training materials, and technical assistance to help local programs and practitioners improve the quality and effectiveness of their mentoring efforts.
Additionally, on OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide (MPG) site are reviews of effective and promising mentoring programs that can serve as models for other mentoring programs around the country. See the MPG Mentoring page to learn more.
President Barack Obama has recognized the impact of mentoring programs and, in 2014, he launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative that aims to eliminate the barriers and opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations that are working to connect youth to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to reach their full potential.
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 box at the right under the "Mentoring Resources" heading.