Youth ages 8-17 living in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties meet with an adult mentor once a week for a 6 month or 1 year period. Mentors provide support, encouragement, and friendship and help their mentee learn important life skills. Together mentors and mentees participate in workshops, activities, and fun adventures, exposing mentees to new experiences and opportunities.
Connect is a school-based mentoring program that supports youth during the critical transition from middle school to high school. Mentors meet with students in small groups during non-core class time once a week with the support of Friends for Youth and school staff. The Connect program curriculum covers problem solving, positive goal setting, educational resources, and more.
Friends for Youth’s Mentoring Institute began in 1998 in response to the growing number of mentoring programs and youth serving organizations across the nation seeking support in establishing Best Practices programming. Through the Mentoring Institute we provide technical assistance and trainings.
Our programs are some of the most effective in the nation on key mentee behaviors and outcomes
youth served annually
report increased self-esteem
stay away from juvenile justice
stay in school
improve participation and grades