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Mission and Vision:
Youth Mentoring Connection awakens at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that “match” within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood. We further seek to awaken society to the needs, promise and value of this overlooked population.

Our Vision is of a community where young people are truly seen and not just watched, where society understands and accepts its responsibility in meeting the needs of all young people, and where young people bring their gifts back into their communities as productive members of society.

























We start with a Rites of Passage Retreat that breaks down distrust and prepares young people to embrace the mentoring experience. Then we provide these youth with trained adult mentors in a site-based program. Our community-site mentoring programs match middle school children with volunteers from the community while our work-site programs match high school youth with employees of a corporation and take place at the corporate site. Groups meet every other week for a nine to 12 month period, alternating between one-on-one time and more structured group sessions.

One-on-one mentoring helps young people to develop a powerful sense of self while the structured group model creates a vital feeling of belonging. Mentors also benefit from the program by returning to their communities with a greater awareness of the challenges faced by young people, the beautiful resilience manifested by these youth and the overwhelming capacity of young people to transform their lives.


By providing young people with positive adult role models in the community and in the workplace we seek to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide young people with a vital sense of belonging.
  • Give young people a sense that the greater community also cares about them.
  • Start young people on their way to conscious adulthood.
  • Support young people on their journey to discover their true potential.
  • Provide young people with access to the resources necessary to achieve social and academic success.
  • Help more young people graduate high school and move on to meaningful higher education that supports their dreams
  • Awaken our society to the needs of at risk youth.
  • Nurture transformation in both the individual and society at large.

Our Kids Are In Trouble
Today, there are more than 14 million youth under 18 who are "at risk".

They're Crying Out For Help
America's youth, desperate for guidance, are discovering mentoring.

Mentors Are The Answer
A small time committment can have a big impact on a kid's life.

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