How to Become a Mentor

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Share What You Know…Mentor a Child
To be a mentor, you don’t need any special skills—just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance, and encouragement to a young person growing up today. And you’ll be amazed by how much you’ll get out of the experience.

So, share what you know. Become a mentor.
To find mentoring programs in your community that need volunteers, visit

Related Links

America’s Promise—The Alliance For Youth
The mission of America’s Promise is to mobilize people from all walks of life to build the character and competence of our nation’s youth by fulfilling five promises: ongoing relationships with caring adults, safe places with structured activities, a healthy start, marketable skills, and opportunities to give back.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) works closely with parents to match every child with the right Big Brother or Big Sister. Each potential mentor is screened, trained, and supervised to ensure that the relationship will be safe and rewarding for everyone involved. Today, BBBS serves hundreds of thousands of children in 5,000 communities across the country.

Communities In Schools, Inc.
For more than 25 years, Communities In Schools has championed the connection of needed community resources with schools. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community.

Corporation for National and Community Service
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

For more than a decade, MENTOR has been leading the effort to connect America’s young people with caring adult mentors. MENTOR is an advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.

The Partnership for Drug-Free America
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA) is a non-profit coalition of professionals from the communications industry. Through its national drug-education advertising campaign and other forms of media communication, the Partnership exists to help kids and teens reject substance abuse by influencing attitudes through persuasive information.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD) is committed to empowering young peole with disabilities to reach their full potential for personal development. PYD provides high quality mentoring programs where adult mentors with disabilities act as positive role models and provide support, understanding and guidance for youth as they strive to reach their personal, educational, and career goals.

Points of Light Foundation
The Points of Light Foundation works to engage more people more effectively in volunteer community service to help solve serious social problems. It is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works in communities throughout the United States through a network of over 500 Volunteer Centers. Visit their website to access a database of volunteer centers across the country.

Public/Private Ventures
Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) is a natioanl nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs, and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, public and private sector businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Their website includes reports and publications.

USA Freedom Corps
USA Freedom Corps, a White House office, was created by President George W. Bush to strengthen and expand volunteer service opportunities as part of the President’s call to all Americans to dedicate two years or 4,000 hours over the course of their lifetimes to volunteer service. Use this site to search for service opportunities in your community.