Local park and recreation agencies provide ample opportunities for youth to build positive social connections. Through the Mentoring in Parks and Rec, NRPA supports agencies in their efforts to build effective and evidence-based mentorship programs that connect youth with caring and compassionate mentors while strengthening connections across community.
The Youth Mentoring Framework has been developed to help local park and recreation agencies craft their own unique, individualized mentoring programs. It is designed to help your agency leverage local park and recreation assets that build protective factors around at-risk youth, while also forming strong social connections and positive relationships to address trauma, adversity and other challenges that youth experience.
A rising cause for concern in communities across the country is the impact of adverse childhood experiences and trauma on youth mental and behavioral health outcomes.
From 2018 to 2021, NRPA is working with five communities to develop and implement a sustainable mentoring program targeting at-risk youth living in rural communities. New resource: Key themes, findings and best practices concerning topics such as trauma-informed care, adverse childhood experiences, stigma and the power of nature are found in the training summary report.
Mentorship Program Resources: The National Mentoring Partnership’s fourth edition of Elements of Effective Practice for MentoringTM highlights six evidence-based standards that are intended to be applicable for any type of mentoring program. Supplemental guides are also available for specific target programs.