Specialized Mentoring Models


December 2012


An adult woman mentoring a elementary school girl

In recent years, youth mentoring has diversified in the types of youth populations being served and the settings for the delivery of program services. These resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help agencies and schools that are developing mentoring services for special populations of youth, such as targeted minority groups, youth in the foster care system, or the children of incarcerated parents. These resources also address strategies for delivering mentoring in specialized settings, such as a faith institution or a work site. Innovative mentoring models, such as group mentoring, are also highlighted.

The Mosaic of Faith-Based Mentoring (Bulletin)
This resources explores ways that faith institutions can set up their own mentoring programs, as well as tips for community organizations on how to work with faith-based partners on mentoring projects.

Delivering Culturally Competent Mentoring Services to Low-Income Latino Youth (Case Study)
This case study examines the successful strategies of the Padrinos Barrio Mentoring Project in Tuscon, AZ. This program provides a culturally-focused mentoring model that connects mentored youth to their community and their shared history and traditions in an effort to address a number of delinquent behaviors.

Delivering Quality Mentoring Services in Rural and Tribal Settings (Case Study)
This case study provides best practices for developing mentoring services in rural and tribal settings, addressing the unique needs faced in remote, high poverty areas.

Gender-Specific Approaches in Mentoring (Fact Sheet)
The fact sheet explores how programs can create specialized mentoring services for either girls or boys.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention: The TeamMates Mentoring Program, Lincoln Public Schools (Case Study)
Bullying remains, unfortunately, a persistent issue for American schools. This case study of the TeamMates program in Lincoln, NE highlights their mentoring-based approach to bullying prevention, with additional advice for any program wanting to impact this issue via mentoring.

One-on-One and Group Mentoring: An Integrated Approach (Case Study)
This case study of the Young Women Leaders Program in Virginia provides insight into their successful group mentoring strategy involving college-age women working with young girls on a variety of issues.