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Our Mission

Since 1979, we have changed the lives of thousands of youth through the support of Caring adult volunteers and the power of mentoring. We invite you to get to know our history, our staff and our impact.  


Why Mentoring? 

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

Henry and Joevanny


Community-based 1-to-1 mentoring for youth between ages 8-17


Connect Group mentoring

School-based group mentoring for youth transitioning from middle school to high school

Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute

Mentoring Institute

Resources for youth-serving organizations based on our gold-standard mentoring model


Our Impact

Award winning mentoring model supported by statistically relevant Outcome Evaluation in place since 2000.


years of statistical outcome evaluation data proves our model works


youth impacted by Mentoring Institute trainings



1-to-1 mentor & mentee Friendships since inception



"She's always encouraging me, and has influenced me to go to college."  

-Mentee Ingrid