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.

Webinar: Strategies for Inclusive and Culturally Competent Mentoring

DATE: June 21st

TIME: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Join Karen Francis, Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research, to learn the importance of focusing on diversity and inclusion in mentoring, the principles of cultural competence to support the mentoring relationship, and strategies mentors can use to integrate cultural competence when working with youth.

Can't join us for the webinar? Register and we will send you instructions after the conclusion of the webinar to watch the recording at your convenience!


Webinar: Mentoring 101

DATE: June 26th

TIME: 11:30am - 12:30pm

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.


Join Maryland MENTOR at a Town Hall Near You

The new Maryland MENTOR affiliate wants to hear from mentors and program providers about what is important to mentors and how we can make mentoring better. Join Sadiq Ali, Executive Director of Maryland MENTOR, at one of six town hall meetings being held in Baltimore, Prince George's County and Montgomery County. Click on the location that works best for you!

  • Southern Maryland, June 11th, 6-8pm
  • Prince George's County, June 13th, 6-8pm
  • Northern Maryland, June 19th, 5:30pm-7:30pm


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

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 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Join the Baltimore Child Abuse Center as they provide an overview of research which uncovered 10 common adverse experiences proven to have detrimental outcomes. Mentors will learn about ACEs, explore their long-term effect on youth, and identify strategies 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. 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

Join Paul LeBluffe, Vice President of Research and Development at Aperture Education, to gain a better understanding of what resilience is 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.

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.

Webinar: Understanding School Discipline and Special Education Laws for Mentors

Understanding the school discipline and special education landscape is challenging. Mentors are faced with unique obstacles in knowing how to assist their mentees in these areas. Join Amanda White, Attorney with Disability Law Maryland and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y, to gain an overview of Special Education and School Discipline laws. Mentors will learn how they can assist their mentees in these areas, as well as gain tips on how to keep mentees engaged in the educational process.

Webinar: Promoting Resilience to Enhance Mentor Program Provider Success

Like all individuals, Mentor program providers may face many challenges in their personal lives including caring for family members, struggling with finances, and balancing work and home life. In addition, associates may oversee mentors who are also experiencing stress related to working with vulnerable youth. Coping successfully with these many challenges requires personal resilience. Please join Paul LeBuffe from Appeture Education as he focuses on effective and practical approaches to promote resilience among mentoring program providers.  

Webinar: Communication is the Key to Mentoring Success

The ability to communicate is one of the most important and valuable life skills commonly used in our professional and personal lives. Join Jeffery Walker, Program Coordinator for Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, as he provides mentors with the "keys" to building a fluid and healthy relationship with mentees through a holistic communication approach, thereby deepening the mentoring relationship. 

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.