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 in-person webinar 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: Mentoring 101

  • January 16th
  • 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.


January Mentoring Roundtable: Blueprint for Child Safety

  • January 18th
  • 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Big Brother Big Sisters at the Y, 3600 Clipper Mill Dr., Suite 250, Baltimore MD 21211

Learn how your agency can better protect children of all ages by encouraging higher standards of child protection. The Baltimore Child Abuse Center will facilitate this training to help program providers better engage the community in protection efforts, and proactively prepare their agency and programs against potential risks.


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: 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.

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.