Education & Training

Getting Started as a Big Pal

20+ Ways to be a Great Mentor

Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors

Conversation Starters – 83 Conversation Starters For You to Use with Kids and TeensKid Conversation Starters, 29 Big-Hearted QuestionsKid Talk 2.0

Gender-Specific Approaches in Mentoring

Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color

Mentoring LGBTQI-GNC Youth

Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Will I Be Able to Understand My Mentee? – This article examines the potential risk of the dominant culture mentoring marginalized youth

First Do No Harm: Ethical Principles for Youth Mentoring Relationships

Managing Mentoring Challenges

Understanding the Impact of Mentoring

Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development

The Value in Mentoring Our Youth

Motivating Little Pals + Encouraging Positivity

Growth Mindset for Mentors – This toolkit can help mentors understand growth mindset and how to apply growth mindset strategies to many of the challenges that youth and adults face in life.

A Mentor’s Guide to Youth Development

Peer pressure: help your child to be themselves

Improving Communication

Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors

Overcoming Relationship Pitfalls – A guide to help plan for and overcome common challenges across the match life cycle.

Free Training from the Conflict Resolution Network – Help your mentee learn healthy conflict resolution skills.

Encouraging Academic + Future Career Success

College Positive Mentoring Toolkit – These materials are intended to empower young people in mentoring programs to consider education beyond high school as a realistic option as well as to equip them with the tools to plan for and attend post-secondary education.

What’s Next? College Knowledge for Mentors and Mentees – This interactive eLearning module was designed to help mentors and mentees explore the elements and attitudes needed for a successful transition to college including choosing a school, financing your education, taking placement exams, and taking ownership of your transition.

K-12 Journey Map – This tool is intended to help youth and mentors track important milestones as youth make the journey from school to post-secondary education and career planning.

Mentoring: An Investment in Fostering Academic Achievement

Mentoring: A Critical Support Strategy for Youth Career Engagement and Workforce Development

Experience Corps Mentor Toolkit – Do you and your Little Pal work on homework together? This is a guide to promote youth academic achievement and social-emotional learning through tutoring sessions.

Working with Little Pals Who Have Emotional or Mental Health Issues


Trauma and ADHD


Autism & Learning Disabilities

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum


Youth with Mental Health Needs

Mentoring Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Problems: A Meta-Analytic Review

I Love Public Schools films on various mental health topics

Dealing with Bullies

Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying

Girl Bullies: Understanding Different Types Of Bullying

Why Do Bullies Bully?

Help Your Child Understand The Impact Of Being A Bystander To Bullying

Promoting Internet Safety

Talking to Kids about Digital Safety – Darkness to Light

Social Networking Tips for Mentors

Online Safety Tips + Online Safety FAQ

How Does Social Media Affect Teens?

Cyberbullying Statistics

Online Exploitation

Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting

Cultivating Healthy Lifestyles

Eat Well Stay Active Have Fun: A Guide for Mentors

Teaching Financial Responsibility

Seven Ways to Teach Kids How to Manage Money

Practicing Savvy Money Management Habits with your Mentee

Money as You Grow: School-age children to preteens

Money as You Grow: Teenagers to young adults

Building Blocks of Financial Capability

Responding to Safety Concerns and Difficult Situations

What to Do When You Suspect Child Abuse – Hotline: 1-800-652-1999

Information on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean

How Childhood Trauma Can Be Mistaken for ADHD

Framework for Understanding Poverty

Supporting Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence as a Mentor

Reporting Child Sexual Abuse – Darkness to Light

Supporting Children Who Have an Incarcerated Parent

Mentoring Youth in Foster Care