Community-Based Mentoring

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Community-Based Mentoring

Looking to make a long-lasting difference in the life of a child?

Community-Based Mentoring is a traditional one-on-one adult/child mentoring friendship, building a trusting relationship between a child and their mentor(s).  National research and our internal tracking prove that a supportive mentoring relationship can help children navigate obstacles in their life, do better in school, avoid risky behavior, become more physically active and plan for their future. 

Mentors see their Young Friends for a few hours, every week or two. The friendships should last for at least a year, or hopefully longer. Our program staff help match you with a child that shares your talents, interests and outlook.  You can bring them into your everyday life, broadening their experiences and providing joy and inspiration for you both. Activities can be simple and already a part of your daily routine because the best friends are made through time spent together.  

You can mentor as an individual, with a friend, as a couple or as a family.  The program is customized to meet your specific availability. To ensure the safety of our children, all mentors are subject to a thorough screening process.  To become a Community-Based Mentor, applicants must:

  • be 18 years of age or older

  • be a high school graduate or hold a GED

  • have lived in the area for at least 1 year

  • be able to make a minimum 12-month commitment to the mentoring relationship

  • have a valid driver's license, current automobile insurance and access to a car or reliable transportation

  • not have been convicted of a felony, child abuse or neglect

  • not have received a DUI in the last 3 years or more than one in a lifetime

  • not be undergoing current treatment for substance abuse


Young Friends Eligibility: Must be at least 5 years old and attend school within the Neenah and Menasha Joint School Districts.