There are opportunities for entrepreneurs to mentor from coast to coast. In fact, there is an opportunity in all 50 of the United States. Many of the opportunities I’ve listed below are opportunities for entrepreneurs to mentor youth, but mentoring is not age dependent. It is also not dependent on becoming a part of an official mentoring organization. Mentoring can be done formally or informally.
If you’re wandering if you could be a mentor, consider John Maxwell’s definition:
A mentor is someone who teaches, guides and lifts you up by virtue of his or her experience and insight. They’re usually someone a little farther ahead of you on the path—though that doesn’t always mean they’re older! A mentor is someone with a head full of experience and heart full of generosity that brings those things together in your life.
Is this you?
Match each of residents in our Transitional Living programs with an adult mentor. You’ll work one-on-one with your youth to the help develop the skills they need to live independently. Just as important, mentors provide our youth with a much-needed connection with a caring, reliable adult.
Christian Family Care – foster care
The Mentoring Program is designed to provide youth in foster care with a mentor who will have a consistent presence in their life.
The Bright Futures Mentoring Connection is to provide youth ages 6-17 years involved in the juvenile justice system an opportunity to engage in supportive, positive relationships with an adult role model.
Sprouts Chef-in-training program offers young adults that haven’t had it easy the opportunity to change their lives around by training them to become chefs. For 6 months, they are paid to learn everything they need to know to land a sustainable job in the modern restaurant industry. They train directly alongside a local mentor chef and receive job application coaching from Wells Fargo.
One to One Mentoring empowers youth in San Miguel County to achieve their social, emotional, and academic potential through professionally supported mentor relationships.
Mentoring provides youth ages 8-18 with a positive role model who offers support and guidance. Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter
The Delaware Mentoring Community is a state sanctioned organization that enables young people to realize their potential with the help of caring mentors. We are involved in many programs aimed at building skill and esteem.
The South Florida Teen Outreach Mentoring Program is a nonprofit organization focused on brightening the lives of youth, and families in crisis. The Foundation believes that we can make the world a better place by providing a safe environment for teens to express their creativity and concerns with caring and positive role models.
A mentoring program for 150 ninth, tenth and eleventh and twelfth graders in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties who are currently participating in our youth program. College students, civic leaders and professionals are invited to serve as mentors, working with Latino youth to develop leadership skills, answer questions about college, offer career guidance and provide academic and social support
Lahaina Art’s Association’s Hawaiian Youth Mentoring Program provides one-on-one mentorships between professional artists and art students. Artist mentors are recruited, screened and matched with students to provide art skills, guidance, support, and positive role modeling.
The mission of the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18-year-old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as responsible and productive citizens of Idaho.
The mission of the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is to provide girls (7-17 years old) with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. Our Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring program instills confidence in girls to face the challenges of daily life by substituting aggressive forms of communicating and problem solving with new strategies that allow them to gain a solid reputation and respect without retaliating.
By mentoring a young person just one hour each week, you can change a child’s life. Discover local mentor projects that match your interests.
Bridges is a community based one-on-one mentoring program that matches trained and screened adult mentors with school age children in need of another positive adult role model in their lives. Our mission is to strengthen the self-esteem and social skills of children and youth by providing positive mentoring relationships at no cost to the youth and family.
This high-risk youth mentoring program offers intense, long-term mentoring for a select group of high-risk urban adolescents ages 11-18. Higher M-Pact also provides life and social skills training, spiritual development, education, job training, guidance counseling and recreational services.
The mission of A Family For Every Child’s Mentor Program is to bring enthusiastic, dedicated, caring adult members of our community and unite them with youth in foster care and/or youth at risk in our community. To provide someone who can be a friend, who will encourage and support them through the various transitions in their life, help instill independence, confidence and everyday life skills they will need — and ultimately to build long lasting relationships.
Volunteers for Youth Justice (Gems & Gents Youth Mentoring)
The GEMS and GENTS Mentoring Program was developed to address the specific needs of young at-risk & high-risk girls and boys ages 13-18 years old involved in the juvenile court system.
MaineStay offers an on-site evening mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Participation is open to students in grades 4-8 who live or attend school in Maine Township and limited to 20 matched pairs of the same gender.
Our Home After School (HAS) Mentoring Program is open to 8–14-year-old girls who reside in and around Laurel, MD. The affordable program is open Monday through Friday from 2-6:30 pm. Program aides are assigned to work with students to help them manage their behavior and become powerful learners. In addition, students participate in activities designed to increase their confidence, self-esteem, social and life skills.
An organization dedicated to using music as a way to provides young people, ages 10-18, with free after school music education as well as programs aimed at successful high school graduation, opportunities for developing job skills, and college preparation support
Our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.
The Young Women’s Mentoring Program is a community-based multicultural youth mentoring and development program. Established in 1990, the program focuses on building the education, employment, leadership, and life skills of girls, 7-18 years old. The Young Women’s Mentoring Program takes place within two low-income public housing communities
Our mission at Young Men Of Valor Mentoring Program is to equip young men ages 10-18 to become leaders and to ensure that each young man will have the tools to act responsibly in his family, school, church and community. Our goal is to improve the academic achievement, economic opportunities and to improve the quality of life of each young man.
The Marshall Mentor Program helps youth understand the importance of empathy, strength, courage, perseverance, kindness and forgiveness by challenging them to put these traits into action. The program utilizes high school aged female mentors to deliver Marshall the Miracle Dog’s cornerstone messages. By supporting their younger peers the mentors are developing as future leaders in their communities.
Thrive provides local Gallatin Valley families with the resources, tools, and support they need to raise healthy, successful children. We provide mentoring, education, and support to children and families through signature programs designed right here in our community.
TeamMates provides support and encouragement to students through one-to-one, school-based mentoring. Our goal is for mentees to develop safe, positive relationships with their mentors and for those matches to last through high school graduation. The impact of a TeamMates mentor in the life of a young person is remarkable, with mentees being more hopeful and engaged and seeing improvements in their attendance, behavior, and course performance.
Mentoring agency whose acronym stands for, Women Inspiring Noble Girls Successfully.
Girls participate in weekly two-hour supportive conversation circles, goal setting programs, peer and adult one-on-one mentoring, and a variety of community-based activities.
The Circle Program provides girls from low-income New Hampshire families with new opportunities to learn the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. We do this through a unique combination of adult and peer support that is delivered through our year-round mentoring and residential summer camp programs.
We work to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships.
The primary goal of the mentoring components is to assess and match each cadet with an unrelated adult in the community in an effort to develop a sustained relationship. Mentors are asked to help guide and counsel the cadet as he or she begins the transition to employment, continuing education, vocational training, or Military.
The Legal Outreach Mentoring Program matches students (mentees) from the Legal Outreach “College Bound” program with attorneys and judges (mentors)
The program links local female professionals from mathematics-related fields with a group of 2 to 3, 8th grade girls. Our main objective is to encourage girls who have an interest in mathematics to “stay on the math path”.
The mentoring program is designed to help high school and college students explore the career area of their choice by matching them with an expert in that field to help teach them more about that trade. Through visits and mini-work experiences, the mentors help exposes the proteges to opportunities related to the beef cattle industry and challenge them to become leaders in it.
We mentor teenage youth – helping to improve their academics, social skills and relationships with others; exposing them to the world of work and potential career paths and promoting the skills they will need to succeed.
The Authentic Girl Mentoring Program is made up of five key components that work together to instill values and confidence in each girl.
At-risk student/youth outreach program in Portland, Oregon. S.T.A.R.S. is a program that provides mentorship and programming for at-risk alternative school students between the ages of 12-21, helping them to successfully transition to young adults, and to create life plans that promote success and social change in their community. We also serve gang-affiliated/gang-affected students and youth by providing them with the resources and opportunities needed to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP) is committed to helping kids develop grit to overcome formidable challenges to be successful today and in the future. Our mentoring programs help youth master goal setting skills, build mental toughness, and forge character through intense physical fitness and sports.
Our mission is to ensure youth have access to the motivational and supportive relationships they need to grow into confident, successful adults
It is our goal to provide mentors to at-risk youths in our local community. We offer a variety of planned activities, including educational workshops, team building programs, and one-on-one counseling, in an effort to guide young men on a positive path to the future.
“Ateyapi” mentor program led by American Indian mentors for students in grades 4th – 12th
Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state.
Provo Youth Mentoring provides mentors for elementary school students in the Provo School District to help with schoolwork and create positive relationships between mentors and students while having fun.
DREAM’s Village Mentoring, “mentoring that goes further,” is a unique partnership between a low-income housing neighborhood and a college. We pair passionate and energetic college students with kids with limitless potential and provide them access to a toolkit of programs such as trips, culminating events, summer programs, camp programs, community meetings, and teen programs, as well as a great deal of adventure.
We match adults, ages 20 and older, with kids, ages 6 to 17. Mentors serve as role models to youths, many of whom come from single parent homes or from foster homes. Most simply desire more time with a responsible, caring adult. The benefits of mentoring are tremendous.
MWW promotes, supports and expands quality mentoring that leads to positive youth development and academic success
The vision of STARBASE is to raise the interest and improve knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, providing for a highly skilled and educated American workforce.
The Outagamie County Mentoring Program is designed to provide one-on-one guidance to youth who are in need of a positive role model. The goal is to provide at-risk youth with adult mentors who will help youth succeed and prevent further involvement with Outagamie County Health and Human Services.
One Wyoming 1 on 1 will connect our youth with positive adult mentors so they can be tomorrow’s leaders
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