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Young people with mentors are better equipped to meet and overcome personal, academic and professional challenges.
Older mentors help younger people realize their potential, through caring relationships that nurture success.
Yet one in three young people will grow up without a mentor in their lives.
Abundant scholarship and anecdotal experience attest to the lasting power of mentors — and the benefits that flow both ways in the mentoring relationship.
Caring adults over 50+ bring unique gifts — an appetite to serve, and the hard-wired aptitude to connect with younger generations — that can profoundly shape young lives, and in the process, enrich mentors' lives, as well.
Featured Mentoring Organizations
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, BBBS makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), in communities nationwide. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Getting involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters creates real change. Become a Big and help develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is the unifying champion of the mentoring movement in the United States.
MENTOR works to connect volunteers with the 9 million young people across America who could benefit from a caring adult in their lives. Through the Mentoring Connector, the only national database of mentoring programs and opportunities, you can find one to best fit your interests.
Strive for College
Strive for College’s online platform uses technology to improve college access for students. Strive connects thousands of aspiring college students with dedicated mentors to receive one-on-one guidance and support through the college admissions and financial aid application process. Mentor volunteers, who meet with mentees on line, receive training, resources and guidance to support high-school students through the application cycle, following a structured mentoring curriculum. Task management tools help mentors and mentees track of deadlines and schedule mentoring sessions.
Virtual volunteer opportunities can be completed from a remote location, virtually anywhere, usually with a computer, Internet connection, phone, and/or fax. Virtual opportunities do not require you to be physically present at a specific location.Find a Virtual Opportunity
Do It Yourself (DIY) Ideas
Check out the “Black Excellence is Everywhere You Look Facilitator Guide” from SURJ Families; then try it out with your family, your child’s or grandchild’s school or any place else you can think of!
After All Our Kids (AOK) was featured in the New York Times, people across the country and the world wanted to know how they, too, could create something similar — check out our guide!
Organize an Intergenerational Day at your local library, park or community center, with games, food, stories and more!