For Parents

Find a Program

The Mentoring Connector is the only national database of mentoring programs. A free service that helps youth mentoring programs recruit more local volunteers while increasing visibility for their organizations.

Why Mentoring

Mentoring, at its core, 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.

Be An Advocate

MENTOR Virginia serves as the leader in the state for prioritizing issues of concern for the mentoring field and developing a cohesive public policy agenda. We need the help of mentoring programs and supporters like you.

Is Mentoring Right For My Child?

Mentoring, at its core, 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. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

Mentor Stories

Joe and Robin

As a young inner-city child in a single-parent household, Joe was one of many young people facing an opportunity gap – as he describes it, “the odds were …

Mentor Stories

Christina and Elaine

Elaine met Christina when she was in the first grade, 17 years ago. Christina was incredibly shy and anxious. Elaine, who never had a daughter, wasn’t sure how Christina might respond to …