A proposal was presented at a higher education conference at Western University, Kalamazoo, Michigan and discussed “using mentoring to increase retention and success of minority students in higher education.



            By-laws were drafted and selection of a Board of Directors at Rhode Island Community College in Warwick, Rhode Island and formed the National Mentoring Association.



            By-laws were adopted and the National Mentoring Association was ratified at the American College at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania as a membership association in response to the growing need for an organized forum focused on innovative and effective mentoring ideas and practices.



IMA moved its headquarters to Farmington, New Mexico.



The name of the association was officially changed to:

International Mentoring Association.(IMA), a non-for-profit organization and registered as a 501c3.



The International Mentoring Association moved to 1716 Las Lomas Blvd. NE. Albuquerque, NM



The International Mentoring Association moved it’s headquarters to Florida and is a consociation with the University of Florida.  Currently located at 4211 NW 186th Street, Newberry, FL 32669, USA www.mentoringassociation.org


What Is The IMA

Since 1987, the International Mentoring Association (IMA) has been the premier source for best practice solutions and support of mentoring and coaching professionals and their programs.

The IMA advances individual and organizational development by promoting the use of mentoring best practices in every organizational setting. Our diverse and dynamic worldwide organization unites a broad cross-section of people who are interested in the theory and practice of effective mentoring. Members bring unique experiences and a fresh perspective from their various fields of mentoring. Working together, we share a common commitment to increasing:

• the impact of mentoring

• the performance of mentoring participants

• the effectiveness of the organizations those participants serve


MEMBERSHIP The IMA provides various levels of membership, from student and individual, to corporate and organizational. Not only does membership provide discount rates on international conferences, it also provides access to all content and articles on the IMA website and a network of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the field of mentoring. Additionally, members can participate in IMA committees and receive the services described below.

MENTORING PROGRAM ACCREDITATION The IMA provides accreditation services to recognize programs that meet our rigorous mentoring program standards. Accreditation provides program leadership with an external review of their program design and implementation, rewards program management and participants for their commitment to personal and professional growth, and improves the credentials of program participants.

MENTORING CONSULTANT CERTIFICATION The IMA certification process identifies, rewards, and promotes consultants with the knowledge, abilities, and practices necessary to help mentoring programs meet the rigorous IMA program standards. Program leaders can rely on the IMA certification process as the first state of consultant selection for their programs, and certified consultants can promote this external affirmation of the consultant’s high quality. 

CONNECT This bi-monthly online magazine features best practices, policy evaluation, research, book reviews, and assessment of tools and resources to further the knowledge and practice of mentoring. Connect editors welcome submissions on a rolling basis and we are always looking for member peer-reviewers to help facilitate the editing process.