Your gift has the power to reach young people wherever they live, learn, work, and play.
Mentoring can happen anywhere—but it rarely happens by accident. At MENTOR New York, we see the big picture. We see communities where mentoring is absent, where young people walk through school unseen and don’t know who to turn to for support. Everywhere we see this gap, we see the potential for mentorship. Our work fosters positive mentoring opportunities for young people, but we can't do it without your support.
With 1 in 3 young people growing up without a mentor— and facing an epidemic of loneliness, a learning gap, and a widespread mental health crisis—there's no time to waste. Will you give the gift of mentoring this holiday season?
Creating spaces of joy for young people
You’ll know mentoring is working when you see it. When young people are engaged in intentional, symbiotic mentoring relationships, they're comfortable using their voices and expressing their authentic selves. Don’t be surprised by the smiles—joy is a natural outcome of effective mentorship. This joy and confidence empower mentored youth to excel in school, participate in more extra-curricular activities, emerge as leaders in their communities, and evolve into mentors themselves.
The Power of Your Gift
Your investment in MENTOR New York goes the distance by impacting hundreds of young people.
By working on a macro-level, we're uniquely positioned to assess widespread challenges, collaborate to develop solutions, and scale those interventions to reach across the entire state to communities, organizations, companies, and schools where mentoring happens.
How do we do this? By enhancing the capabilities and expertise of youth development and mentoring program practitioners, empowering them to make a greater impact in the lives of the youth they support. For every adult we serve, numerous young lives are positively affected.
Your donation will provide no-cost training to community organizations and nonprofits, to enhance mentoring relationships for the youth they serve.
Your donation ensures we can provide the necessary tools, resources, and support to combat youth isolation and loneliness.
Your donation creates training opportunities for adults engaging with young people, helping them to adopt a mentoring mindset.
Your donation supports the creation and distribution of programming to assist with young people's social-emotional growth in times of hardship.
Your donation enables us to continuously adapt to best meet the evolving needs of mentoring organizations.
Your donation supports our efforts to rebuild the many mentoring initiatives experiencing setbacks after the pandemic.
Your Gift In Action
Boosting Mentor Recruitment
We're taking on the challenge of mentor recruitment by exploring how to increase the number of volunteers iNew York State. Our research findings will allow us to develop stronger, data-informed recruitment practices that can be leveraged by the whole mentoring movement
Fostering intergenerational mentoring relationships
We're dedicated to bringing together aging adults and young people to find connections in times of isolation. In 2023, MENTOR New York partnered with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Department for the Aging to launch My New York Story, an intergenerational mentoring initiative. Participants engaged in community-based projects that promoted mutual understanding, empathy, and respect—enabling the transfer of knowledge and experiences.