Making a difference

Take a minute and think of someone in your life who has offered support or encouragement. Maybe it was a favorite teacher who stayed after school to help you with your homework. Or a supervisor who helped you navigate the in's and out's of your first job. While you may not have realized it at the time, those adults were acting as mentors.

Simply put, mentoring is just extra support and encouragement. It is a helping hand or a listening ear...someone to challenge you to be your best and to believe in you as you work to achieve your goals.


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“My mentor gave me the strength to get through each day and the courage to fight for another.”

omarina, middle school moment

Mentoring Works

We know that mentoring works. While the number of youth being mentored in our community is increasing, our greatest need is more mentors. More than 800 local youth are currently on waiting lists for a mentor.

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Mentored students are 52% less likely to skip school.

Source: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America

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86% of children who are mentored go on to higher education.

Source: Proctor & Gamble

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58% of mentored students improve their grades.

Source: Career Beginnings


Opportunities

With more than 140 programs in our area, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Learn more about mentoring through these real stories and testimonials. You can also learn more about becoming a mentor.

Mentoring changes lives. It can change yours.

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.