The Role of Caregivers in Mentoring

Having a caregiver who believes in the value of mentoring and encourages youth to engage in mentoring can positively impact a young person’s commitment to and success in their mentoring relationship.

Mentored youth may experience improvements in their relationships with caregivers; that improved relationship makes youth more likely to experience many positive changes including their sense of self-worth and academic achievement.

Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Mentoring Relationship


Ask the mentoring program questions and let them know when you have concerns. Communicating your values, rules, time limitations, or other needs to the mentoring program staff is critical to your child’s success in the program.


Attend the program’s orientation session (if they have one) so you can learn about how the program works and what your role in supporting the relationship is.


Encourage your child to actively participate in the mentoring relationship, and let program staff know when your child is encountering challenges that their mentor can help with.

Check In

As the mentoring relationship grows stronger between your child and their mentor, talk with your child about how things are going. Check in often and let your child know that you care about the success of their mentoring relationship.


Engage positively with your child’s mentor (to the extent allowed by your mentoring program). Ask program staff for guidance on how you can work with your child’s mentor to support the success of their relationship.