Elements of Effective Practice

What is the EEPM?

MENTOR’s cornerstone publication, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, details research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. The Fourth Edition, released in September 2015, reflects the most up-to-date research, practice, and thinking in the mentoring field.

The six evidence-based Standards are intended to be applicable across almost every type of youth mentoring program. Each Standard includes Benchmarks to ensure the safety and effectiveness of mentoring relationships, as well as Enhancements that may be promising, innovative and useful for programs. Additionally, a Program Planning and Management section offers recommendations for designing, building, and strengthening mentoring programs and services.

Download the EEPM 4th Edition.

4th Edition Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

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Supplemental Guides to EEPM

MENTOR has developed supplemental guides to address best practices for a variety of mentoring program models and specific populations. 

Critical Mentoring 

LGBTQ+ Mentoring

Inclusive Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities 

Workplace Mentoring


Peer Mentoring 

Group Mentoring 

STEM Mentoring

The Science of Hope in Mentoring

Hope is the belief that your future will be better than today, and you have the power to make it so.

Hope can be measured and after over 2,000 studies Hope is one of the most predictive factors in well-being. Youth and adults benefit from high levels of Hope in all aspects of well-being: physical, emotional, academic, and career. 

Learn more about the Science of Hope in this TED Talk with Dr. Chan Hellman