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Support young people through mentoring

Mentoring a young person is more important today than ever. It is also a rewarding experience

Below we've listed a number of mentoring organizations - each focusing, in different ways, on helping young people make successful lives.


VIP Mentoring is focused on reaching frequently ignored populations of children in the city of Detroit who otherwise would be unable to obtain resources due to difficult circumstances, such as children who may have a parent who is incarcerated.

These distinctively difficult circumstances make it substantially harder for these children to achieve basic life goals, decrease their odds to succeed in life, and accentuate their need for one-to-one support and direction. Volunteers can help change the odds for these children by becoming a community-based or location-based mentor and/or by providing a financial contribution that would support a mentoring match.



Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The program focuses on the nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

Participants enjoy a variety of opportunities that can help them grow as individuals. As they progress through the skill levels, they develop interpersonal and self-management skills, learn to set goals and experience the dynamics of group and community interaction. They also develop a sense of social responsibility that has given many young people the opportunity to appreciate the benefits of volunteering and mentoring.



Faces of the Future is an innovative, motivational, strategic planning and mentoring program using an award-winning program produced by Winning Futures.

Adult mentors are asked to participate in a one-year small-group mentoring program, working with Oak Park ninth grade students. Groups meet bi-weekly after school. Mentors are matched with up to three students and work within a facilitated larger group. Students benefit from interacting with role models as they transition into high school and make decisions that will shape their futures.

The program provides young people with an opportunity to learn about a profession as mentors share personal and professional experiences.



Art of Leadership inspires vision and leadership in young people, giving them the skills to succeed in their lives and to be leaders in their communities.

The group works with young people, from pre-teen through the completion of high school, to support them through these all-important formative years. Students participate in a seven-year intensive leadership training program for youth, and volunteers are asked to commit for a one program year with the students they're matched with. Classes meet for 7-12 months per year.

Students learn important life skills: LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, and COACHING.

To practice their new skills, they develop and execute community service projects to help to lead them closer to their vision for the future.


Life Directions Peer Mentor Program

The program establishes positive peer-to-peer and intergenerational mentoring relationships by engaging school administrators, teachers, student families, Adult Coaches, certified peer achievers; and at-risk 8th graders in a community-wide response to eliminate violence and self defeating attitudes that keep students from successful graduation.

Tenth and 11th graders who have graduated from the program are trained as Peer Mentors. With support, encouragement and guidance from trained Adult Coaches - recruited from neighborhood and business communities - these older students mentor 8th graders from nearby grammar schools to prepare them for a positive transition to high school.



Can you invest one or two hours per week into the life of a young person?
The Provident Corporation(TPC) is a non-denominational, faith-based organization that provides valuable social services to the community. In addition to providing clothing and food to those in need, primary services include; jail diversion & community reintegration, mentoring for adults & youth, disability services and housing information referrals. Mentoring is an effective way to engage individuals in meaningful service experiences and to develop and strengthen positive connections with families, schools, and the community.
Our caring and committed mentors give young people the extra boost they need to achieve success. We need you!



Communities In Schools of Detroit is a local affiliate of one of the nation's leading community-based organization that help kids succeed in school and prepare for life.

Gem Mentoring - an all in-school program - currently operates in two Detroit Public Schools, Dixon Elementary School and A.L. Holmes Academy. The program is seeking mentors to build a caring relationship with a 4th-8th grade student for an academic year. Volunteers would be asked to commit to hour, one day a week.

Mentor a Child, Brighten a Life!

Contact Lisa Beasley at (313) 267-4053 or by e-mail: lisabeasley@cisdetroit.org.



Mentors Plus is sponsored by Oakland County Youth Assistance - part of the Oakland County Courts - and matches caring adults one-on-one to a child in need of adult role modeling and guidance.

A Mentor can request to be matched to an at-risk child as a prevention measure or can help an intervention youth with minor court involvement get back on track. Each Mentor is asked to mke a one year commitment to meet weekly with the child. The visit typically lasts from two to four hours.


Or contact Cassandra Goulding, at (248) 858-0041


Community-Based Mentoring: Volunteer mentors ("Bigs") generally meet with their mentees ("Littles") once a week to share time, experiences and activities that enrich the lives of both.

Lunch Buddies: A site-based mentoring program that brings volunteers to community sites and schools to work with children one-to-one and in groups during their lunch period or during after school hours. Mentors help build the students' academic, social and life skills through activities during weekly program sessions.

Sports Buddies: The program helps to curtail the waiting time for boys seeking a mentor - including a shorter commitment period and structured program schedule that may fit the schedules of potential mentors. Sports Buddies Big Brothers meet their Little Brothers in a group once to twice a month, to either play sports or attend a sporting event.

Amachi Program: Based on the nationally-reputed model, the program works with children whose parent or parents are incarcerated. Chllden are matched with caring adults, who have been selected, screened and trained to work with this high-risk population.



Winning Futures is an award winning nonprofit mentoring organization that makes a difference in the lives of young people. It offers school-based mentoring programs and workshops for middle school and high school students in Southeast Michigan. All programs focus on life skills - character value identification, goal setting, career preparation, and strategic planning.

There are volunteer opportunities for mentors and academic/career coaches in Detroit, Harper Woods, and Warren. There are also openings for volunteer interview and essay judges for our scholarship programs and board members.



Mentor Connection is a non-sectarian program of Jewish Family Services - bringing together young people who can benefit from encouragement and attention provided by caring adults through structured mentoring relationships.

The mentors focus on helping young people build strong self-esteem and guide them in all areas of their lives. The program serves Oakland County youth ages 7-22 through two focus areas: Community Mentoring (ages 7-17) and Career Mentoring (ages 16-22).

Community-based mentors commit to spending a couple hours with their mentee two to four times per month for at least one year - taking part in fun activities that both enjoy. Career mentors commit to three months with their mentee, once a month at the workplace and once a month socially - providing job shadowing and contact opportunities for the mentee.

Contact Alison Orley, at 248-592-2317, or aorley@jfsdetroit.org.

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