Youth Mentoring

Do you remember who believed in you?

We all remember the adults that helped shape us into who we’ve become. That’s why we know that building strong families means building better communities by being positive role models and meeting the needs of those who need us. The vision of the Children’s Friend Youth Mentoring Program is to establish positive, healthy, and productive mentoring matches that will enhance the young person’s social, emotional and educational outcomes. We are focused on positive youth development and evidenced-based mentoring practices.  Mentees of our mentoring program are empowered to build self-confidence, practice healthy relationships,  and identify positive members and organizations within their local communities.  Our Youth Mentoring Program matches at-risk youth between the ages of 5 and 18 with a volunteer adult mentor. The pair is scheduled to meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Although matches initially agree to a 1-year relationship, our average match lasts for more than 3 years and over a dozen of our matches have met for over 5 years!

Why become a Mentor?

  • You have skills and a unique perspective to share
  • Ongoing support, resources and training from Youth Mentoring program staff
  • Our program maintains a Quality Based Membership with the Mass Mentoring Partnership, a statewide mentoring leadership organization
  • Mileage and Expenses are tax deductible

Our mentors – like the individuals and families we serve – come from a variety of backgrounds and professions. In spite of our differences, our goal remains the same – to provide children with positive behaviors to emulate and cultivate. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, watching a movie, cooking or just talking on the phone – when you take time out of your day to enrich the life of a child, you’re making a real difference. To be eligible to apply as a volunteer youth mentor, applicants should have the following qualifications:

• Mentors should have a genuine interest in helping to improve the lives of young people
• Mentors are ages 21 and older
• Clear a CORI/SORI Background Check
• 4 References (2 personal, 1 professional, 1 community-based)
• Applicants must complete a written/online application and interview
• Applicants must complete an evening Mentor Orientation

Our Mentees are young people you voluntarily choose to be a part of this youth mentoring program. Mentees cannot be court-ordered or required by any other individual or institution to join. Interested young people should be between the ages of 5 and 17 to apply. The Youth Mentoring program staff will perform an intake to determine whether or not this community-based mentoring program is a good fit for each individual applicant. If applicants do not appear to be a good fit for this program, staff will work with the prospective.  Have you heard Miranda and Lisa’s incredible story? Their relationship has been featured by the North Shore United Way, click this link to watch their short video!

Our online mentor application can be found at We are in high need for volunteer mentors! There are many wonderful young people waiting to be matched!

Our online mentee application can be found at
Mentee Application
Mentee Referral Form
Mentor Role Description


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