Supportive Accountability: Helping Your Mentees Reach Their Goals




Keeping mentees engaged in the relationship and goals is no easy task! Drawing from the growing literature on “supportive accountability,” this training assists mentors in working with their mentees to set and monitor goals through regular check-ins and troubleshooting, and by cultivating mentees’ intrinsic motivations.  The MentorPRO team has also worked with the leading supportive accountability researchers to adapt core principles to the mentoring context. This training, the first of its kind, will provide program staff and mentors with evidence-based skills and activities.

Sample Skills

  • Five areas of supportive accountability


  • Grossman, J. B., Chan, C. S., Schwartz, S. E. O., & Rhodes, J. E. (2012). The test of time in school-based mentoring: The role of relationship duration and re-matching on academic outcomes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49(1-2), 43-53. [PDF]
  • Kupersmidt, J., Stump, K., Stelter, R., & Rhodes, J. (2017). Predictors of premature match closure in youth mentoring relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59, 25-35.
  • Mohr, D.C., Cuijpers, P. & Lehman, K. (2011) Supportive account- ability: A model for providing human support to enhance adherence to eHealth interventions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(1), e30.