Training is offered to program managers on best practices in the field and other issues. Member groups receive comprehensive materials on mentoring program development, management and technical assistance.
Grizzlies Mentoring Alliance staff provide hands-on assistance and guidance. Whether starting from scratch or fine-tuning an existing mentoring program, the GMA will help with recruitment, training, management, volunteer policies and procedures, and any other aspect of program implementation and evaluation.
Volunteer mentors are recruited and referred through outreach efforts, partnerships and recruiting events sponsored by the Grizzlies Foundation, GMA, and other supporting organizations. GMA membership and adherence to program standards based on best practices are required for referral.
Member organizations and their mentors benefit from the TEAM UP with the GRIZZLIES campaign, which engages civic organizations, faith-based organizations and the corporate community in youth mentoring. In addition, member groups participate in presentations, Grizzlies Mentoring Nights and are included in publications and press materials.
Through the Grizzlies Foundation, GMA members recognize mentors and facilitate outings for mentors and mentees. This includes complimentary tickets to Memphis Grizzlies home games and FedExForum events, gift cards and discounts to local restaurants, attractions, movie theatres and special events.
Membership offers an opportunity to network with other organizations offering youth mentoring and a chance to share resources and knowledge. Quarterly networking breakfast meetings are offered, with special events taking place throughout the year.
Members have access to MentorPRO, a web-based tracking and evaluation system that will help track processes and procedures, the mentoring relationships, and the program’s desired outcomes for a fraction of the cost of most evaluation plans.
Free Lunch (or at least cookies!)
Volunteer mentors from member organizations are invited to participate in the lunch time or evening “Mentor Enrichment” sessions and hear from guest speakers on a host of topics regarding youth development issues and other mentoring concerns.
For more information, call 901-205-TEAM or email firstname.lastname@example.org.