What 1-2-1 mentors do
Our mentors are specially trained to help your child find purpose, gain traction, and ultimately blossom. Careful preparation and continued support of 1-2-1 mentors sets your child up for a positive life-changing relationship.

Throughout the mentoring relationship, 1-2-1 mentors will:

  • ​Take the time to learn about your child.
  • ​Identify and express your child's strengths and talents directly to him or her.
  • Acknowledge fears and weaknesses, without allowing your child to become overwhelmed.
  • Verbalize expectations.
  • Help your child articulate his or her dreams.
  • ​Teach your child strategies to manage conflict.
  • ​Create a safe place for your child to try out his or her imagined-self.

Mentoring sessions can include activities like academic support, sports skill development, arts and crafts, mindfulness training, nutrition guidance, navigating peer relations, reading, field trips, hiking, fishing, cooking, etc.

In addition to individualized sessions, our services also include group community-building events.

Listen to a mentee's mother's 1-2-1 Mentoring experience

Benefits of mentoring

Research shows that children need at least three non-parent adults in their lives to reach their full potential. The mentor relationships that 1-2-1 creates have a life-changing positive impact on both mentors and mentees.

Families seek out mentors for their children for various reasons, including academic support, skill improvement, and social-emotional growth. Mentors can uniquely have a positive effect on all of these areas.

  • ​Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend their free time.
  • ​Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with adults than non-mentored youth.
  • ​Youth who meet regularly with mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to start drinking and 52% less likely to skip school.
  • ​Mentored youth increase their grades by 59% and their aspirations and goals by 79%.
  • Children who are mentored experience a reduction in depressive symptoms.
  • ​56% of mentored children nationwide feel they would be negatively impacted if they did not have a mentor.