HYPE Mentoring is proud to announce our affiliate membership of the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation’s TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership! The TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership is an affiliate of MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, which is the unifying champion for expanding quality mentoring relationships in the United States.

HYPE Mentoring is one of only two organizations in middle Tennessee – and the ONLY organization in Sumner County –  to become an affiliate member of the Mentoring Partnership, which seeks to train and equip mentoring program staff, and build and enhance mentoring programs that align with national best practices and evidence-based models. Our affiliate membership is the first step towards industry accreditation for our mentoring program.

What does that mean for HYPE? It means that by working with Mentor, through our membership with TEAM UP, we will stay abreast of evidence-based best practices and ensure our mentor recruitment, screening and selection policies, and training, monitoring, and support procedures follow accepted industry guidelines. It means our selection of mentors, mentees, and activities will be data-driven to achieve positive developmental outcomes, and that our programming will be rooted in measurable results.


Q: Does HYPE receive funding from TEAM UP?

A: No. HYPE receives only technical assistance, tools, and guidance from TEAM UP to develop our program. Currently, our only sources of funding are through fundraising and private donors.  All donations and raised funds stay in Sumner County.

Q: The TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership is a part of the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. Does that mean HYPE is also affiliated with the Memphis Grizzlies?

A: No. The TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership is a localized mentoring affiliate that is based in Memphis and is housed within the Memphis Grizzlies to support quality mentoring programs in the Shelby County and Memphis area. Through the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), which is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and MENTOR, HYPE has become an affiliate member of the TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Partnership and will receive technical assistance and program development guidance on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring.  The partnership will provide HYPE an opportunity to build a quality mentoring program in Sumner County.

Q: So, HYPE’s mentoring program is in the development phase. When will the program go live?

A: HYPE’s mentoring program will operational in approximately 6-9 months, which means a planned go live in the beginning of 2018. We are currently compiling a waitlist of interested mentors and mentees. To add your name to the mentor waitlist, or add a mentee to the mentee waitlist, please contact Josh Jones at josh.jones@hypementoring.org.