Mentoring is one of the most powerful tools we have for supporting young people and helping them reach their full potential. A quality mentoring relationship can help youth develop a sense of self-efficacy, improve social skills, reduce risky behaviors, and increase academic success. Mentors can be positive role models and sounding boards, helping young people to navigate the challenges of adolescence and develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership works with mentoring programs across Connecticut to provide training and technical assistance so that they can best support the young people they serve. In addition to our ongoing efforts to build statewide mentoring capacity, this page exists to provide resources and program materials to mentoring programs and individual mentors.

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Resources for Mentoring Providers & Organizers

With the rise of COVID-19, virtual mentoring has become more common than ever and has changed how many mentoring programs offer their services. To address this need, we offer a Virtual Mentoring Resource Pack containing a primer on virtual mentoring for mentoring coordinators, a guide to virtual etiquette for mentor and mentee sessions, and virtual mentoring agreements for both parents and mentors.
The 2021 CT Mentoring Summit brought together mentoring experts from around the country to share the latest advancements in the field. We are proud to offer recordings of summit sessions free of charge.
The Youth Mentoring Action Network practices critical mentoring, an innovative perspective that reframes the mentoring experience as a youth-centered one, with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, class, citizenship, gender, and sexuality.
The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring drives evidence-based innovation that advances mentoring practice and helps to bridge gaps in mental health care among young people, particularly in marginalized communities..

Resources for Mentors

The Youth Initiated Mentoring Toolkit is designed to help mentoring practitioners understand what youth-initiated mentoring is and how to implement it. The toolkit consists of three parts. The first part describes youth-initiated mentoring models and reviews implementation considerations. The second part provides guidance on using social capital mapping to help youths referred to mentoring programs examine their social networks and identify prospective mentors. The final part discusses family engagement, a central theme in youth-initiated mentoring, and offers tools for improving family engagement.
The following are some tips that parents/caregivers, mentors, and other supportive adults can use to help young people learn to be careful consumers of news and identify when information may be more opinion than fact.

Our Partnership with MENTOR

We are proud to be the Connecticut affiliate of MENTOR. Our partnership allows us to leverage the resources and knowledge of MENTOR to bring the latest advancements in the field to mentors and mentoring programs around Connecticut.

MENTOR supports the effectiveness of new and existing MENTOR Affiliates to scale the mentoring’s geographic footprint and deepen the impact of the mentoring field.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership builds statewide capacity to prevent underage drinking and substance use and builds strategic alliances to promote the overall well-being of Connecticut’s future workforce.