1 in 3 young people will grow up without an adult mentor of any kind
Friends for Youth safely and expertly matches adult volunteers with youth who need support through our two mentoring programs: 1-to-1 mentoring and Connect school-based, group mentoring. Mentors are matched with local youth who are facing significant challenges in their young lives. By simply doing fun and interesting activities together, mentors can help mentees improve academics, improve their behavioral and emotional health, and positively change the course of a youth's life.
In 1998, we created the Mentoring Institute which has trained and assisted thousands of youth-serving organizations nationwide in mentoring Best Practices, indirectly impacting over 2 million youth.
have been impacted by abuse or violence
Virtually all live in poverty
have an incarcerated parent
don't have a trusted adult to talk to
years of statistical outcome evaluation data proves our model works
youth impacted by Mentoring Institute trainings
1-to-1 mentor & mentee Friendships since inception