1-2-1 Mentoring was co-founded by us, Carlen and Aimee, two mothers who were both searching for a non-parent adult to introduce into our children's lives.

What we've discovered is that all children can benefit from having this type of relationship -- not just kids who would typically be considered "at-risk." We, as parents, can and should be intentional about helping our children build these relationships.

If you find our cause worthy, please consider making a tax-deductible donation so we can continue doing this important work.
Aimee DePoortere,  Co-Founder & COO
An Emory University graduate, Aimee resides in Summerfield with her family. Her career has progressed from the field of early childhood education, to continuing education, and finally to a passion for Child Development.  She has spent the past 13 years raising her three children while researching and implementing effective learning strategies for all types of learners.  Aimee is certified in the Orton-Gillingham based language instruction, has attended the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation’s annual conference, and most recently attended the 2014 National Mentoring Summit.  ​Aimee is also the Founder of The P.A.N.D.A.S. Effect, L.L.C. and former author of the extremely successful "The PANDAS Effect Blog."

The founders

Carlen Walters,  Co-Founder & CEO
Born and raised in California, Carlen holds a Marketing MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. After a 15-year career, she relocated to Greensboro to focus on raising her two boys. She has held numerous Parent Volunteer positions with the Greensboro Day School, focusing on diversity, advancement and child development. She stays current with continuing education, including lectures on child development topics such as Trudy Ludwig's “Emotional Bullying & Relational Aggression,” Dr. Caroline Eidson’s “Differentiated Instruction,” and former NAIS President Pat Bassett’s “Helping Good Kids Make Tough Choices." Recently, she has attended the Institute for Global Ethics Tone at the Top Seminar™ and the 2014 National Mentoring Summit.


Raising a child is a team sport.