We provide mentor training through the Maryland Mentoring Resource Center (MMRC). MMRC is open to all mentors in any mentoring program in Maryland and has trained thousands of mentors and impacted even more mentored youth throughout the region. Their mission is to help children and youth reach their greatest potential through professionally supported mentoring relationships and a broad range of services with quality standards and measurable impact.

We regularly schedule mentor training programs to provide mentors with resources and guidance that can be used to further develop the mentor and mentee relationship.

For more information about our training programs contact marybradford@ymaryland.org or JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST!

The mission of the Maryland Mentoring Resource Center (MMRC), as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Y, is to help all mentors be more effective.  Research shows that mentor training can create longer lasting and more fulfilling matches, so join us at one of our webinars or in-person trainings.

See below for a list of upcoming trainings and webinars. This information is updated regularly so please check back often. If you have any questions about our trainings, please contact Mary Bradford at marybradford@ymaryland.org.

Mentoring Roundtable: Understanding the Role of Race and Inclusion in Mentoring Programs

DATE: March 22nd

TIME: 10:30am - 12:00pm

WHERE: Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y Conference Room, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 250, Baltimore MD 21211

Please join Joyell Arvella and Zara Cadoux from My Sisters Circle as they lead participants in exploring the principles of race, equity and inclusion, and how these components can be applied to mentor programs. Topics covered include language, racial justice frameworks, and an opportunity for each mentoring program to inventory current and future racial equity efforts.

MMRC's roundtables are open to everyone, but are geared towards Mentor Program providers and staff.


Did You Miss a Training or Webinar?

Not to worry. Our webinars are listed below. You can still view them by registering for the webinar. Once registration is complete, a link to view the webinar will be emailed to you.

Our in-person trainings are usually offered a few times a year, so please check back often. You can also inquire about a specific training by contacting Mary Bradford at marybradford@ymaryland.org.

Webinar: Mentoring 101

Mentoring 101 is designed to clarify the role and responsibilities of a mentor, address expectations and concerns, enhance communication skills, and increase the awareness of diversity and its impact on the mentor relationship. This training is appropriate for both new mentors as an introduction, and current mentors who would like a refresher.

Webinar: Tips and Tools for Training Mentors

Properly preparing mentors to be successful is essential to creating quality mentor relationships. Join Lisa Bottomley, Senior Specialist at the Michigan State University Extension Children and Youth Institute, as she examines best practices and provides an overview of training activities from the Ready to Go: Mentor Training Toolkit curriculum from Michigan State University. Participants will receive a free copy of each training activity that is reviewed.

Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Impact on the Mentoring Relationship

Understanding what Adverse Childhood Experiences are and their impact on children allows for a stronger mentoring relationship with youth who have been affected by these kinds of experiences. Join the Baltimore Child Abuse Center as they provide an overview of the ACEs study by the Center for Disease Control, where research uncovered 10 common adverse experiences that are proven to have detrimental outcomes as children mature into adults. Mentors will learn about ACEs, explore their long-term effect on youth, and identify strategies they can use to help youth build resilience against negative consequences.

Webinar: Understanding Youth and Adolescent Development to Foster Positive Mentoring Relationship

Understanding youth in their developmental journey allows for better mentor engagement and an overall stronger mentoring relationship. Join Karen Francis, a Children’s Mental Health Consultant, as she provides an overview of youth and adolescent development. Mentors will learn how youth and adolescents change as they age, and gain tips and tools for how to foster positive and effective mentoring relationships.

Webinar: Understanding and Promoting Resilience for Mentors

“Resilience” is a person's ability to adapt and recover after stress, adversity or trauma. It is something many mentors want to strengthen and develop in mentees. Join Paul LeBluffe, Vice President of Research and Development at Aperture Education, to gain a better understanding of what resilience is, what factors help make people resilient, and what we can do to help our mentees be more resilient. This webinar will serve as an excellent follow up to the Adverse Childhood Experiences webinar held in December.

Webinar: Roundtable - Providing Effective Mentoring Services for LGBTQ Youth

Join Karen Francis, Principle Researcher at American Institutes of Research, to explore strategies for providing culturally and linguistically competent services for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning. These strategies include how to create a welcoming environment, protect youth, enhance staff and supports, improve practice and service delivery, and engage communities. 

MMRC's roundtables are open to everyone, but are geared towards Mentor Program providers and staff.

Webinar: Introduction to Gang Prevention

Join Steven Jeter, gang prevention trainer and founder of D.E.S.I.R.E.S. Youth Program, for an overview in understanding the gang culture. As a former gang member himself, Steven has in-depth knowledge and a unique point-of-view on the topic. He will discuss who may be at risk for joining a gang, what signs to look for, and how you can talk to your mentee about gangs.

NETCheck, A Discount Background Check Program

A background check is required for every Big. Background checks usually cost $36.  By registering for NETCheck you will be able to secure State and FBI checks for only $15 from any Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) facility.

To get started, please review the NETCheck Manual.

To participate, you will need to:

If you have any questions, please email Mary Bradford at marybradford@ymaryland.org.