For Parents

Find a Program

The Mentoring Connector is the only national database of mentoring programs. Parents can search the Mentoring Connector for free to find a local mentoring program for their child to participate in.

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 statewide leader for prioritizing issues of concern for the mentoring field and leading advocacy efforts such as Capitol Hill Day every January.

Is Mentoring Right For My Child?

Mentoring 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 personally, academically, and professionally. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.

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 …