Worksite Mentoring

Program Overview
The Missouri Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is an exciting and innovative program in the St. Louis area patterned after a nationally recognized program in San Diego. MMP is built on a partnership between the public and private sectors. The goal is to provide motivated young people who have experienced out-of-home placement and other difficult life challenges with employment and vocational/educational mentoring opportunities based at the worksite.

Services Provided
MMP provides youth with guidance in interview skills and job readiness training. MMP then connects the job-ready, motivated youth with the corporations who take them on as employees and mentees.

Corporations provide part-time employment and related training after school hours, monetary compensation for the young person’s work time, a corporate mentor who will work with the youth, and time for the mentor to attend training and support meetings. Mentors provide guidance and encourage hands-on experience in dealing with real world problems mentees may encounter, help them develop a vision for the future, meet regularly with the mentee, maintain ongoing contact and support, and participate in training on how to be the best possible mentor to the youth. Interested in becoming a corporate partner? Learn more by reading the corporate partnerships packet, available below.

Staff
The Program Coordinator and other MMP staff provide training for mentors. Staff are trained to teach a curriculum of job-readiness training to youth, and provide them case management support toward their employment and educational goals.

Eligibility
Youth must be between the ages of 16 and 21, enrolled in some sort of educational program (high school, GED program, vocational training), and motivated to work part-time.

Process of Referral
MMP typically receives referrals from St. Louis Public Schools, Division of Youth Services, Missouri Children’s Division, other community-based organizations, and individual self-referrals from youth and their parents. Each referral requires a completed referral form, available below. The referral process also includes an initial assessment and a service plan.

Download Referral Form

Program Partners
MMP is a partnership between Family Resource Center, the Missouri Department of Social Services, and area businesses and corporations who provide employment opportunities and worksite mentors for the participating youth.

Contact Information
Missouri Mentoring Partnership
3309 S Kingshighway Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63139-1101

PHONE: 314.534.9350
FAX: 314.534.3071
TT: 1.800.735.2966
VOICE: 1.800.735.2466
Email the Missouri Mentoring Partnership

Download the MMP-Worksite Brochure

Download the MMP-Worksite Brochure {pdf}