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Mentoring options for kids and teens

Apply once for help where you need it most

All our mentorship programs benefits kids and teens’ academically and personally

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1:1 mentoring

Our most popular program with one-on-one matching. Mentors help youth like you experience new things, explore the world, or just talk with a trusted adult.

Discover more about 1:1 mentoring →

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Graduation Coaching

Get unstuck on your next paper, get help thinking about life beyond school, and have someone you trust help you navigate life during and after high school.

Find out more about graduation and academic coaching →

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Youth Assistance

The Youth Assistance Program creates a safe, stable way to ask for help. We’re the parent organization for Boone YAP.

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From school visits to visits to the park

Have fun, get ahead, and stay ahead

Whether it’s a visit to a potential college or university campus or a trip to the park, mentors can help you with transportation, navigating options, and more. Plus, we can help with some of the costs.

Youth who are matched to a mentor typically earn higher grades, improve their outlook on life, and set themselves up for a lifetime of success.

Not sure how to get started or if mentoring is right for you?
Contact our office anytime. We’ll answer every question we can and help you understand options.

Getting started takes a few minutes

We interview you and adults for the best match.

Learn more about the process

“I thought it would be boring.”

The following transcript was generated with the help of AI. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

At first I thought that it was going to be boring and that it’s just going to be a waste of my time and that this person is never going to be as close to me as my family is. I thought it was going to be boring. I thought it was going to be like a counselor and stuff like that. And I just thought it wasn’t going to be like entertaining or we weren’t going to do anything fun. [MUSIC] It is nothing like that. As soon as they met me, they treated me like family. And they invited me in and just made it easier for me to like go like accept being in there. Once I got to know her she became more like a grandparent to me. She’s welcomed me into her family. She spends a lot of money on me when she doesn’t have to and I love her. She’s like my grandparent. When I first met him my mom took a photo of me and him because I was standing on a chair beside him so I can match his height. Went to a couple of those trainings and there was times that you said you know there was gonna be rough patches or whatever. Well I mean Marion’s been great like you can’t have an easier-going guy than him. My mom’s a single mother and she’s blind and she does everything to care for me and I try my best to help her. Sometimes she has diabetic attacks and I have to help her get through that. Sometimes I’m like stressed at home then he picks me up from my house and we go do something fun and it relieves all that stress. He’s kind of growing up in the area with me and with my kids. He’s hard not to be part of the family. His family is like a second family to me because his kids are like nieces and nephews to me and it’s funny because I watched some of his kids grow up. He’s like a second father figure to me and he helps me through a lot. If you’re on the fence, there’s lots of things we do that don’t matter this much. However you want to look at it, but we do a lot of things that are surely for our enjoyment and fun. While we can have fun, this is more important. [MUSIC] [Music] (music fades) [Music].

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