What is mentoring?

Simply put, mentoring is an additional source of support in a child’s life. Mentors have a unique role in the life of a child, helping them dream big and reach their goals.

Mentoring happens in two ways:

Formal Mentoring: 

happens in a structured program where volunteers are carefully screened, selected and trained to mentor young people in a one-on-one or group setting.

Everyday Mentoring: 

happens when community members – parents, teachers, crossing guards, neighbors, librarians, etc. – recognize that they can make a mentoring difference for young people already in their lives. Everyday Mentors look for ways to build better relationships with youth and leverage opportunities to be more “mentor-like” in their community.


As community leaders and as servant leaders, we are heartbroken by the recent tragedies and know that a genuine and ongoing commitment to real change is necessary to confront and combat racism.  We stand in solidarity with our peers, our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends with an even stronger resolve to be present, to listen, to learn and to act.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our 25 years of serving the community, it’s this: 

We are stronger together

We are committed to actively fighting racism and to using our voices for better.  We will continue to bring strength and hope; to foster meaningful conversations around change; to deliver services that are inclusive and will support all.  We encourage you to join us and find ways to improve race relations in our community and beyond.  Let’s all work toward better – better connection, better allyship, better love for one another.  Let’s work together to make this world a better place for our kids.  Now is the time and they’re depending on us.