For all Mentoring Central courses, we follow a rigorous research and development process that begins with a deep dive into the research that is relevant to a particular topic – such as volunteer mentors, positive youth development, or substance use prevention – and determining if it is information that mentors need to know and how mentors can use that information in their mentoring relationship. In addition, we work closely with mentoring program practitioners as well as mentors to get their feedback on the information they want to know about a specific topic.
Once we have identified the topics that are most important for mentors to know about and skills for mentors to learn, we work with a team of highly creative and talented graphic designers, instructional designers, animators, videographers, actors, and web developers to create our training courses.
Finally, we conduct research on our training courses to determine that it is easy to use, engaging, and increases the knowledge and builds skills of mentors. We continuously get feedback from mentoring program staff and mentors to make improvements to the training so you get the latest and best content.