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 mission 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 excited to launch 2014 as we remain focused on positive youth development.

Participants in our program experience:

  • Heightened self-esteem
  • Enhanced sense of trust
  • More confidence
  • A better sense of well being

Our Youth Mentoring Program matches at-risk youth between the ages of 7 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.

Why become a Mentor?

  • You have skills and a unique perspective to share
  • Ongoing support, resources and training from Youth Mentoring program staff
  • 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.

If you’re interested in making a difference in a young one’s life, or know someone who would benefit from having a mentor, call Samantha Alves at 978-219-1528.

Mentor Job Description
Mentor Application
Mentee Application
Mentee Referral Form
Volunteer CORI Request Form


Youth Mentoring Sponsors

Events Calendar

| You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Be A Mentor, Just Present!

There are very few opportunities you can take advantage of in your life that can have a meaningful effect on someone else’s life.  Mentoring is one of those opportunities.

See the new Mass Mentoring video, Mentoring Strengthens Communities, which reveals the impact of mentoring from the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders in Massachusetts. The video illustrates how quality mentoring benefits not only the youth involved, but communities, too. From improving academic and workforce preparedness to reducing juvenile delinquency, quality mentoring is a key strategy in supporting a community’s growth and development.

| Dianne’s Dedication Provides Hope and Inspiration for Bonnie

Bonnie had her mentor, Dianne, for six years before aging out of the program in 2010. When they first met, Bonnie was living with her father and brother.  Mom had limited visitation and had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.  Dad did the best he could raising the kids and holding down two jobs.  Dianne was really supportive during this time attending events at Bonnie’s school when her Dad couldn’t and getting her out of the house.  Bonnie’s father died in 2005 and she moved in with her grandparents where Dianne was even more supportive.  Unless Dianne was taking Bonnie out to eat, playing games with her, or going to match events, Bonnie would just sit in her room in the dark basement and draw or play video games.  Bonnie was very appreciative of their time together and Dianne really helped bring Bonnie out of her shell and encouraged her art talent. When Bonnie was asked “How do you feel your mentor made a difference in your life?” Bonnie answered “Normally I don’t leave the house much. Dianne’s really helping with that.”   Dianne got to see Bonnie graduate from high school and get in to Mass College of Art  where she is getting her degree in animation.  Bonnie and Dianne still keep in touch regularly (thank goodness for technology) and get together occasionally.  Dianne has been matched with another girl and they all played Scrabble not too long ago.

| Mary Jo and Aimee’s Recess and Reunion

Mentor Mary Jo and Mentee Aimee were matched for six years before their match closed.  In March of 2011 Mary Jo informed the program that Aimee didn’t have an interest any more in being part of the program.  This is very normal for a 16-year old girl.  They start to feel independent and they don’t need anyone’s help.  Mary Joe was a little disappointed that the match was going to end because Aimee had a lot going on in her life, but totally understood.  Just recently, youth mentoring received a phone call from Mary Jo saying she thought our program would like to know that she received a call out of the blue from Aimee saying she would love to see her and when can they meet.  It was a great meeting and Aimee was very talkative about what she had been doing and how great it was to see Mary Jo and hoped they could see more of each other.

| Mac’s Special Delivery

In 2013 Mac was referred to Children’s Friend Youth Mentoring Program. Mac was having a hard time at home and in school.  His Mom has a lot of personal challenges that interfered with her ability to be “all there” for him. Often, Mac would come home from school and watch TV and plays with his LEGOS.  He didn’t have anything to talk about with the kids at school. He felt alone and socially undesirable.  Into Mac’s life walks Sam, a Youth Mentor from Children’s Friend. Sam is a retired postman and has nothing but time and love to give.  Once a week they meet and go to the latest movies, walk in the park, visit the Museum of Science, eat at a restaurant, or just drive around and do errands.  Mac is so happy to have someone he can spend time with one on one and also talk to and get undivided attention.  The changes in Mac prompted his therapist and school guidance counselor to call our mentoring program and thank them for matching Mac with a mentor.  They can’t believe it is the same kid.  He is talking to kids at school and really feels like he is somebody.  In just two months, Mac’s mentor has made an enormous difference in his life.  A little confidence and attention goes such a long way.

| Children’s Friend Launches “Project Happy Jaden”

In October 2013, a grandmother called for support for Jaden, who had recently returned to her care after her mother had abandoned her after six  months of emotional abuse and parental neglect. In the six months living with her mother, Jaden had gained 70 pounds. Jaden was depressed, she was embarrassed to go to school, felt confused with her complicated feelings about her mother, and just didn’t feel like herself anymore. The grandmother explained that she just needed more help from the Youth Mentoring Program.

The Director of the Children’s Friend program, a licensed social worker, worked with the mentor, grandmother and mentee to develop a plan called “Project Happy Jaden.” Our program provided discretionary funds to the mentor to bring Jaden shopping for age and appropriately fitting  clothes and discussed supportive youth development for conversation guidance. The mentor, a professional in adolescent development, remained engaged and supportive with active communication with the Director and the grandmother. The Director worked with the grandmother to apply for a family YMCA membership to develop healthy life habits and brainstormed healthy habits that the family could work together in to best support Jaden. The match has support and goals for mentee happiness. Presently, Jaden is regaining a happy, healthy outlook on life and the grandmother, mentor, and Director of the Children’s Friend program stay in regular communication.