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Become a Mentor

Ready to make a difference? Use the Mentoring Connector, the only national database of youth mentoring programs, to explore opportunities in our community.

Search by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type, to find the right initiative for you.

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What Makes a Good Mentor

Think back to the mentoring figures in your life—be it teachers, coaches, or supervisors—who left a lasting positive impact. Thosse people wear various hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, 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


Mentorships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth—in fact, mentors often find the experience as rewarding as their mentees! Mentors tell us volunteering enables them to:

  • Have lots of fun

  • Learn more about themselves

  • Improve their self-esteem and sense that they're making an impact

  • Gain a greater understanding of other cultures and appreciation for diversity

  • Feel more productive and positive at work

  • Enhance relationships with their own children


You have made a wonderful and very important decision in choosing to become a mentor. Before you start to look at available programs, think about and identify your interests and needs. The following steps will help walk you through the process of choosing a mentoring program that is right for you. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What time commitment can I make?

  • What age of youth would I like to work with?

  • Would I like to work with one child or with a group of children?

  • Would I like to team with other adults to mentor a child or a group of children?

  • What types of activities interest me? Do I want to help a youth learn a specific skill, pursue an interest, help with schoolwork, or just be a caring adult friend?

  • What mentoring location would I prefer?


While thinking about these questions, remember to be open and flexible to all the different mentoring opportunities and focus areas out there.

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