Quality-Based Membership (QBM) with Mass Mentoring Partnership is a nationally studied process for youth mentoring programs to acknowledge and receive recognition for what they are doing well. Created in part because programs and funders requested an objective way to assess program quality, it also helps mentoring programs identify practice areas that could be more effective. Partner members are formal youth mentoring programs and organizations that have completed a program self-assessment to benchmark their program practices.
Partners demonstrate adherence to designated standards and as such, receive a range of benefits, including:
- Four free vouchers for MMP’s calendar trainings,
- Access to financial resources from MMP (scholarships and grants),
- Match activities to share with program participants (i.e. tickets to events, games, shows, etc.).
The Road to Membership Cohort Program is designed to support affiliate level programs to move up to partner level membership. In this inaugural cohort, MMP will select up to ten programs to participate in a series of in-person and remote technical assistance sessions that provide guidance on the “road to membership.” Programs will complete the QBM self-assessment, develop a work plan, and receive support from MMP’s Managers of Training and Technical Assistance as well as colleagues in the mentoring field to enhance program practices. The cohort is limited to ten established programs that have been in operation for at least one year prior to commencing the partner membership process. MMP is excited for this new opportunity to support capacity building and strengthen community building among our network of programs across the Commonwealth.
As a cohort member, you’ll walk away with the ability to:
- Articulate specific steps to strengthen your mentoring program through MMP’s QBM initiative
- Connect with colleagues in the field to share on-the-ground policies and practices that support the road to membership
- Engage in structured programming to reach partner level membership
This training is best for:
- Program staff that are interested in enhancing their mentoring program practices with the best practices
- Staff responsible for accessing opportunities to heighten recognition for their program’s work