- a guide
- a friend
- a listener
- a coach
- a responsive adult
- a savior
- a foster parent
- a therapist
- a parole officer
- a cool peer
- Contact VMP to find a program or volunteer opportunity
near you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check out our Mentor
Network to find a program in your county.
Things that may seem easy or straightforward to you are often mysterious to young people. That's why it can be easier than you think to make a difference in a young person's life. Here is what some students at McKinley Tech High School in Washington, D.C. had to say about their mentors:
"You don't need sacks of money to be a mentor. You just need time."
"I wasn't really motivated at all about college until my mentor took me to a college fair. My mentor graduated from college, which gave me the idea that I could, too."
"Financial aid forms -- forget it! My mentor helped me with them. Otherwise, I might not have bothered."
"Mentors have hook-ups in high places. They've got connections."
"We went to a baseball game -- it was all right!"
"My mentor helped me out with homework."
"Mine helped me with my resume."
"Say you save up your money and go buy a car. Who's going
to help you fill out all the forms? If you're lucky, a mentor will."