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We believe you matter

Anyone who interacts with young people has the potential to be more intentional about how they build relationships for the betterment of themselves and the youth in their lives.


We believe you matter, we know mentoring matters, and MENTOR New York can bridge the gap between you and mentoring.

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Our mission

At MENTOR New York, we work to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for all young people—and close the mentoring gap in New York State.

Our vision is to create community-focused mentoring cultures and foster positive mentoring relationships wherever young people live, learn, work, and play.


So, what is a mentor?

Mentors are caring adults who provide emotional support, encouragement, and friendship to a young person. Many of us have had a teacher, supervisor, or coach who made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities: • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person • Respect for young people • Active listening skills • Empathy • Ability to see solutions and opportunities • Flexibility Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship.

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