What is the Gold Star Program?
The Kansas Mentors Gold Star program was developed in an effort to provide a safe and effective mentoring environment for the youth of Kansas. This program recognizes mentoring partners across the state who have committed to maintaining a basic set of standards to ensure a quality mentoring experience. Developed by Kansas Mentors and its Council of Mentors, these standards reflect guidelines set forth in MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership’s Elements of Effective Practice™.
Gold Star programs are the only programs eligible for state employees to utilize their mentoring time as authorized in Executive Order 08-10. For more information, click here
How do I register for the Gold Star Program?
Please note: Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters and Foster Grandparents have been recognized by Kansas Mentors (KM) as umbrella Gold Star Programs. Therefore, if you have a signed agreement with either of these organizations, your program is automatically included as a registered Gold Star Program. However, please fill out the Gold Star Registration Form to assure your program is listed.
If you are a group mentoring program applying for Gold Star, please see the Benchmarks Checklist specific for group mentoring programs.
Recognition as a Gold Star program communicates to the state your organization’s commitment to quality mentoring. Kansas Mentors encourages all mentoring programs to apply for recognition as a Gold Star program.
Click here to view the Gold Star Registration Form
and Benchmarks Checklist
. If you are a group mentoring program applying for Gold Star, please see the Benchmarks Checklist
specific for group mentoring programs.
Please note: To maintain Gold Star status, programs must submit annual data and participate in the fall Coaches' Challenge by submitting mentor recruitment numbers.
What resources are available to help me?
Kansas Mentors strongly endorses MENTOR’s
Elements of Effective Practice™ as a resource guide for programs. To download this free resource (including the editable toolkit) visit our resource center.
What programs in Kansas are Gold Star certified?
For a list of current KM Gold Star programs check out our partner list.