Youth Mentoring


Mentoring assures a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A mentor, in its true sense, is an advocate, who through guidance and caring can help a child build a meaningful and productive life.

Research confirms that mentors can help prevent the start of risk-taking behavior. Youth are less likely to start using alcohol at a young age, try illegal drugs, skip school and start a fight with a classmate.

In Connecticut, our goal is to close the gap for some 190,000 young people (nearly 25% of CT youth) in need of a strong connection with a caring adult.   Find a mentoring program near you. Become A Mentor

Through our partnership with MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, we partner with schools, businesses, community and faith-based organizations to ensure that children are involved in safe, quality mentoring relationships.  Since its inception, the Connecticut Mentoring Partnership, an initiative of The Governor's Prevention Partnership, has:

• Supported over 300 youth mentoring providers
• Established a state-wide Juvenile Mentoring Network
• Launched Connecticut quality standards and formed Regional Mentoring Networks

While we've already made great progress, many more mentors, especially men and minorities, are needed.