With the business sectorMentor engages the business sector in reaching its mission. Most successfully, this has been realized by Mentor Sweden and Mentor Lithuania, and more recently in Latvia and Estonia.
Mentor has been able to offer its mentoring and parenting projects which have been extremely well received. The mentoring project matches employees from partner companies to serve as a mentor to a young person with whom they meet regularly and provide that individual with an engaged and supportive adult who can make the difference in avoiding drug use. This approach has proved extremely valuable in linking the social responsibility goals of businesses to a means of involving their employees in working with young people.
With local governments and communitiesPartnering with the local government and using community support has been a great success for Mentor Colombia.
The work begins at the local level by obtaining increased local and national government support including contributions from businesses and other funders. The Experiences to Live and Coexist project provided to schools in Colombia was developed through this approach. Beginning with a handful of schools in Bogotá it has now reached 150,000 children and trained over 1,400 teachers in 11 Colombian regions.
With other prevention organizationsMentor collaborates with others who promote prevention.
Collaborating with existing agencies allows Mentor to work within various countries in the prevention and education field and to provide management and technical support on specific prevention initiatives. A leading example of this is Unplugged, which Mentor is currently implementing in Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Romania and Russia by adapting, piloting and evaluating a successful school project initially developed in seven other Western European countries. Unplugged targets 12-14 year olds in schools; providing resources, materials and training for teachers and parents. The project is supported by the IKEA Social Initiative, which translates to Mentor working with country-based organizations on the project’s development and implementation.