Mentoring Clearinghouse


Elements of Effective Practice Tool Kit

Tools to Design and Plan a Mentoring Program

These tools are part of the Elements of Effective Practice Tool Kit and while helpful on their own, they will be much more effective when combined with the information available in the free tool kit. Please take a moment to download the tool kit to make sure you get the most out of these tools.

Program Planning and Design

Program Parameters

Program Planning and Management

Policies and Procedures

Financial Planning

E-mentoring

Downloadable Tools

These tools are part of the Elements of Effective Practice Tool Kit. The tool kit contains OVER 160 ready-to-use tools that you can download and adapt to your program’s needs. While the tools will be helpful on their own, they are much more effective when combined with the information available in the free toolkit. Please take a moment download the toolkit from the list on the right.

Tools available

Afterschool Mentoring Clearinghouse

The After School Clearinghouse is designed to provide you with tools and resources to add a mentoring component to your after school program. It also provides resources you can use to implement, manage and strengthen your after-school program. Here you’ll find information on how to implement a mentoring component in a new or existing after-school program as well as a clearinghouse of after-school program resources, including:

  • Program Design and Planning: Resources on how to start an after-school program, best practices and more;
  • Program Management: Resources on fundraising, staff/professional development, training, developing partnerships and more;
  • Program Operations: Resources on activities and curriculum guides, standards, research and more;
  • Program Evaluation: Resources on evaluation and research on after-school initiatives, outcomes, best practices and more;
  • Mentor Trainer’s Manual: Originally developed by Baylor University to train college students to mentor young adolescents;

MENTOR’s After-School Clearinghouse is made possible through the generosity of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Afterschool General Resources

A Resource Guide For Planning and Operating After-School Programs, SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool.

After-School Toolkit: Tips, Techniques and Templates for Improving Program Quality (PDF). Authors: Nora Gutierrez, Molly Bradshaw and Kathryn Furano. Published by: Public/Private Ventures, February 2008.

Afterschool Program Models, National Center for Community Education

AfterschoolPRO.net, Afterschool Professional Network

American Youth Policy Forum Publications

Building Community Partnerships: Tips for Out-Of-School Time Programs (PDF). Published by: The Atlantic Philanthropies, March 2008.

Developing the Afterschool Professional & the Profession (PDF). Published by: Partnership for Afterschool Education.

Impossible Choices: How States are Addressing the Federal Failure to Fully Fund Afterschool Programs, Afterschool Alliance

New Report On Quality Pre-Teen After-School Program, Public/Private Ventures

Running an Afterchool Program, Afterschool.gov

School-Age Notes, Resources for Afterschool Professionals

State Afterschool Profiles, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families

Strategies for Improving Out-of-School Programs in Rural Communities, (PDF). Published by: The Atlantic Philanthropies, May 2008.

Teen Trendsetter™ Reading Mentor Program, Florida Trend’s Next

The Starbucks Foundation Literacy Program

Tips for Effective Service Learning Projects in Out-of-School Time Programs (PDF). Developed by: National Institute on Out-of-School TimeCenter for Research on Women, Wellesley College, 1999.

Tips for Promoting Reading and Literacy in Out-of-School Programs for Children Ages 5-12, (PDF). Developed by: National Institute on Out-of-School TimeCenter for Research on Women, Wellesley College,1999.

Tips on Homework Help and Academic Skill-Building Activities for After-School Programs, (PDF). Developed by: National Institute on Out-of-School TimeCenter for Research on Women, Wellesley College, 1999.

Tips on Program Planning and Activities for Children Ages 5-11 in Out-of-School Time Programs, (PDF). Developed by: National Institute on Out-of-School TimeCenter for Research on Women, Wellesley College, 1999.

Tips on Summer Curriculum Planning and Activities for Children Ages 5-12 in Summer Programs, (PDF). Produced by LEARNS, a partnership of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory and the Bank Street College of Education.

Using NCLB to Improve Student Achievement An Action Guide for Community and Parent Leaders, Public Education Network

 

Afterschool Research Resources

After School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What It Takes to Achieve It, Harvard Family Research Project

After-School Programs and Academics: Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research, (PDF). Authors: Robert C. Granger and Ed.D.illiam T. Published by: Grant Foundation, 2008.

Afterschool Makes the Grade, (PDF). Author: Charles Stewart. Published by: Mott Foundation, September 1999.

Community Counts: How Youth Organizations Matter for Youth Development (PDF). Author: Milbrey W. Mclaughlin. Published by: Public Education Network.

Critical Hours, (PDF). Author: By Beth M. Miller, Ph.D. Commissioned by: the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Current-Generation Youth Programs: What Works, What Doesn’t and At What Cost? RAND Corporation

Expansion of Out-of-School Programs at Improving Student Achievement, EdSource

Gaining Ground: Supporting English Learners Through After-School Literacy Programming (PDF). Published by: The James Irvine Foundation and Public/Private ventures, 2008.

Helping Youth Succeed Through Out-of-School Time Programs (PDF). Published by: American Youth Policy Forum, January 2006.

Learning Together A Look at 20 School-Community Initiatives (PDF). Author: Atelia Melaville. Published by: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation,September 1998.

Midcourse Corrections to a Major Initiative: A Report on The CORAL Initiative (PDF). Author: Gary Walker. Published by: Public/Private Ventures, May 2007.

Moving Beyond the Barriers: Attracting and Sustaining Youth Participation in Out-of-School Time Prog, Harvard Family Research Project

NIOST 2008 Fact Sheet: Benefits from Aftershool Program Participation (PDF). Published by: National Institute on Out-of-School TimeCenter for Research on Women, Wellesley College, 1999.

Review of Extended-day and After-school Programs and their Effectiveness (PDF). Author: Olatokunbo S. Fashola, Johns Hopkins University,October 1998.

School-Based Mentoring: A Closer Look (PDF). Author: carla Herrera. Published by: Public Education Network.

The ABCs of School Based Mentoring (PDF). Published by: The Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence & The National Mentoring Center at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, revised September 2007.

The Future of Children: When School is Out, A Collaboration of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution

The Growth of After-School Programs and Their Impact, The Brookings Institution

The William T. Grant Foundation

Understanding and Measuring Attendance in Out-of-School Time Programs

 

Afterschool Training Resources

Disney Learning Partnership Workshop on After-school Programs, Educational Broadcasting Corporation

From Vision to Reality Afterschool Workshop, Educational Broadcasting Corporation

 

Afterschool Recruitment Resources

Focus on Families! How to Build and Support Family Centered Practices in After School, Harvard Family Project

Online Volunteer Resources, ServiceLeader.org

The Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, ServiceLeader.org

 

Afterschool Activities Resources

After-school Lesson Plan Database, SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool

After-School Program Tool Kit, Communities In Schools, Inc., MetLife Foundation and National Dropout Prevention Cente.

goCyberCamp

Hidden Heroes Lesson Plan (PDF).

Partnerships for After-School Success Toolkits, National Youth Development Information Center

Promising Practices in After School Resources, AED Center for Youth Developmen.

 

Afterschool Funding Resources

Financing and Sustaining Out-of-School Time Programs in Rural Communities (PDF). Published by: The Finance Project, January 2008.

Finding Funding: A Guide to Federal Sources for Out-of-School Time and Community School Initiatives, The Finance Project

Funding for Afterschool, AED Center for Youth Development

How to Get Money, Afterschool.gov

How to Get Money for Faith-based and Community Initiatives by the United States Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Major Sources of Afterschool Funding, Afterschool Alliance

Sample Grant Proposals, SchoolGrants.org

The Finance Project, Out of School Time Project

Using NCLB Funds to Support Extended Learning Time: Opportunities for Afterschool Programs (PDF). Published by The Finance Project, August 2005.

 

Afterschool Evaluation Resources

Advancing Achievement: Findings from an Independent Evaluation of a Major After-School Initiative (PDF). Authors: Amy Arbreton, Jessica Sheldon, Molly Bradshaw, Julie Goldsmith with Linda Jucovy and Sarah Pepper Published by: Public/Private Ventures, February 2008.

Afterschool Outcomes, Afterschool Alliance

Detangling Data Collection: Methods for Gathering Data, Harvard Family Research Project

Out of School Time publications and tools, Harvard Family Research Project

Out-of-School Time Learning and Development Project/OST Evaluation Database, Harvard Family Research Project

Out-of-School Time Program Evaluation: Tools for Action, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

Performance Measures in Out-of-School Time Evaluation, Harvard Family Research Project

Promoting Quality Through Professional Development: A Framework for Evaluation, Harvard Family Research Project

Should After-School Programs be Measured by How Well They Improve Academic Outcomes? (PDF). Author: Robert C. Granger, Ed.D., William T. Grant Foundation, 2008.

Supporting Success: Why and How to Improve Quality in After-School Programs (PDF). Authors: Jessica Sheldon and Leigh Hopkins. Published by: Public/Private Ventures.

The Evaluation Exchange, Harvard Family Research Project

 

Afterschool Startup Resources

Mentoring Program Development: a Start-up Toolkit (PDF). Author: Mark Fulop. Published by: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

The Building Blocks of a Good After-School Program (PDF). Published by: Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, August, 1998.

http://www.mentoring.org/mentors/become_a_mentor/ 

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