Sow A Seed Community Foundation Receives Training and Support through NMRC
Sow A Seed Community Foundation provides young people and their families with the education, programs and services necessary to overcome challenges, and lead positive, self-sufficient lives. The organization provides services including prevention and intervention assistance, educational programs, leadership training and community support.
Through the organization’s Bright Future Youth Development Program, young people are matched with caring, committed adults who provide students with the support and guidance they need to succeed in school or at work.
To support the nearly 500 young people participating in one-on-one and group mentoring relationships through the program, and to strengthen recruitment efforts for new participants at Sow A Seed, the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) provided no-cost training and technical assistance to program staff through the OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC).
MENTOR partners with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to deliver the NMRC to the mentoring field. In addition to convening a Research Board which develops evidence-based reviews about mentoring topics, and offering a comprehensive mentoring resource center website, the NMRC provides mentoring programs nationwide with the opportunity to request and receive no-cost technical assistance to help them more deeply incorporate evidence-based practices into their programming. Once a mentoring program requests technical assistance, their request is assigned to a local or regional technical assistance provide within MENTOR’s network, like CARS.
As part of the training and technical assistance offered through the NMRC, Sow A Seed and CARS staff met regularly to discuss mentoring tools and resources, and review best practices for mentoring programs as described in The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™.
Technical assistance providers met with program staff to address concerns and opportunities to improve existing procedures and training programs, and conducted in-depth training sessions to ensure program quality.
The assistance provided through the NMRC was crucial to helping improve the organization’s existing policies and procedures. Sow A Seed would recommend the NMRC as an important resource to other organizations.