Informal Mentoring

Informal mentoring is a less structured or totally unstructured mentoring relationship that comes about naturally or as the result of involvement with an organization such as a school or other institution that works with young people. This could include mentoring relationships that occur between an adult and young person who live in the same neighborhood, attend the same place of worship, are members of an extended family, and/or participants in an after-school or youth program.

Adults everywhere can make a mentoring difference for youth in their daily lives. Parents, teachers, youth sports coaches, librarians, crossing guardsanyone who interacts regularly with young people can use a mentoring mindset to help youth feel known, recognized, cared for, and supported.