The Mentoring Center

Oakland, CA
Fall-Winter 2021
Project Type
Fast track
Project Focus
Expansion or Replication,
Market Analysis
Organization Type
Children, Youth & Families,
Human Services


Founded in 1991, The Mentoring Center (TMC) was created to serve as a technical assistance and training provider for Bay Area mentoring programs. The Mentoring Center provides these services for public and private youth-serving organizations and has served hundreds of mentoring programs locally and nationally. At the core of TMC’s philosophy is the concept of Transformative Mentoring™, an intensive and long-term, evidence-based, curriculum-focused approach that utilizes a specific set of best practices for cognitive restructuring to address issues of positive self-identity, positive youth development, healing, and individual and collective transformation. Transformative Mentoring™ is a proven strategy for youth violence prevention; effective reentry from the juvenile justice system; youth development; and culturally specific, trauma-responsive, healing-centered mentoring efforts.


How can The Mentoring Center capitalize on its strong reputation and success in training mentors of youth and young adults and thereby expand the number of organizations it serves and create a more stable, diverse revenue stream?


Although TMC started as a training and technical assistance organization to other agencies, it has become more well-known for its direct services arm. As a result, TMC’s current identity is around supporting youth (all of whom are youth of color) most deeply impacted by the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. While direct services will still be an important component of its work, TMC would like to reinvent and rebrand its organization to reflect its 30-year legacy and accomplishments. TMC has identified a critical part of this strategy: the expansion of its training practice to broader audiences, possibly through the creation of the Transformative Mentoring Institute. TMC is optimistic about growth opportunities because some of its more recent clients have included health organizations, high schools, and churches that are training mentors in order to focus on youth education and development proactively.

Project Overview

The Mentoring Center (TMC) seeks to understand the broader market for its youth development training programs and requests an ACT project team to assess comparable training organizations and the demand for the mentor training and technical assistance that TMC offers. Included would be research into other potential client types beyond agencies focused on adjudicated youth (including possibilities outside the Bay Area) to understand how TMC could build upon its strengths and successes to meet the needs of a broader client base. 


This is a Fast Track project:

  • Scope: Focused, specific organizational issue
  • Team Size: 3-4 consultants
  • Project Duration: 3 months
  • Estimated Time Contribution: 25-30 hrs total (per consultant)

Read more about the Fast Track Project Consultant role.