Funding for Mentoring Programs

Positive youth development research has long demonstrated that youth benefit from close, caring relationships with adults who serve as positive role models. Today, 8.5 million youth continue to lack supportive, sustained relationships with caring adults. Mentoring - which matches youth with responsible, caring mentors, usually adults - has been growing in popularity as both a prevention and intervention strategy over the past decades.

Mentoring provides youth with mentors who can develop an emotional bond with the mentee, have greater experience than the mentee, and can provide support, guidance, and opportunities to help youth succeed in life and meet their goals. Mentoring relationships can be formal or informal with substantial variation, but the essential components include creating caring, empathetic, consistent, and long-lasting relationships, often with some combination of role modeling, teaching, and advising.


Foundation and philanthropic support for mentoring programs from around the Web.

Motown Museum Offering Entrepreneur Program for Teens

The Motown Museum in Detroit is offering an entrepreneur program for teens ages 13 to 18, CBS News reports. The program, called the Pop Shop, will share the success story of Motown Records,...more

Hughes Immersed in Spreading the Region'S Music, Culture

When Big Stone Gap, Va., native Tyler Hughes was 13, he attended a music camp his grandparents held. "That time made a lasting impression," he tells the Bristol Herald-Courier. "That means...more

NAR Accepting Applications For 2023 Volunteering Works Program

The National Association of Volunteering Works is now accepting applications for its grant and mentoring program, which aims to "empower and inspire the next generation of leaders," NAR President...more

The VF Foundation Announces $8.3 Million in Community Investments, Highlighting Efforts in ...
Foundation: United Nations Foundation

"We are proud to invest in grantees who share our passion and vision for creating meaningful change in our core focus areas," says Gloria Schoch, executive director of the VF Foundation, the private...more

Wsfs Cares Foundation Provided More Than $2.4 Million in Charitable Grants ...

"We stand for service." That's what WSFS Financial Corporation's charitable giving arm, the WSFS CARES Foundation, says in a press release about its grants and donations to community...more

Ms President US Awarded Grant from Fairfield County's Community Foundation

"Through this program, girls explore their own potential to lead, enhance skills, and expand their knowledge of what it takes to be a leader." So says Amanda Cordano, executive director of Ms....more

Foundation Awards More Than $600000 To Ohio Nonprofits

The Ohio State Bar Foundation has awarded $644,685 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations through its Fall Grant Cycle. Each project supports the OSBF's mission to promote the pursuit of justice...more

YCF Campaign Donation To Honor Billy Coffindaffer
Foundation: Greater Morgantown Community Trust

A West Virginia couple who want to remain anonymous have donated $25,000 to create a fund to honor past, current, and future volunteer leaders of the Your Community Foundation of North Central West...more

Brooklyn Community Foundation Invests $2.5M in Youth-Serving Programs Led by People of Color
Foundation: Bloomberg Philanthropies

Jocelynne Rainey, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, says the foundation's Invest in Youth initiative is making long-term investments in Brooklyn's youth. "These long-term...more

Boost For Chinese Students' Learning in Australia

La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, is getting a boost from the government of Australia, specifically, the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, in the form of more than $1...more

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