What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who shares their knowledge, skills and life experience to help a young person develop their ideas and positive attributes.  It is a win-win partnership in which not only does a young person gain from the relationship, but mentors also benefit by increasing their own confidence and knowledge, along with gaining a sense of genuine fulfillment and contribution to their community through helping to guide a young person along their way.


Mentors help young people to better cope with the many challenges of school, work experience and career choices, personal and family issues. It is a great way to contribute to the community and there are many young people in our region who could greatly benefit from a mentoring relationship. In the Hunter Region there are a number of [Hunter Youth Mentoring] member groups providing mentor programs: all need volunteers and mentors to keep programs running.

Hunter Youth Mentoring Collaborative

Research Shows that:

52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of class

55% more likely be enrolled in college

78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities

81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities


Mentoring VS. Tutoring:

Mentoring is multi-dimensional and involves more than the academic part of a person the way tutoring does— it concerns a young persons’ life.  A tutor assists someone with learning a new process or concept, whereas a mentor, on the other hand, goes far beyond the role of a tutor. Whilst a mentor may be someone who does at times assist with learning relevant subject matter much like a tutor, this is not their entire focus. A mentor intentionally focuses on building quality relationships, sharing life experiences and positive views on making the most out of a person's future. Tutors focus on short term outcomes whereas mentoring improves the young person’s capabilities for lifelong learning.

Mentoring vs. Tutoring are they the same?

Make An Impact: Mentor In Real Life

What if all of the people who cared for you, who helped you, who believed in you… hadn’t?

Nine million kids in America feel isolated from caring adults to turn to.  By giving a little time, a little attention, you can help them connect to opportunity – and make an impact on them and our communities.  Join the movement:  Mentor in Real Life.

Suggested Reading


Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors by The Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence & The National Mentoring Center at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Cultivating Leadership: Mentoring Youth with Disabilities by the Office of Disability Employment Policy Elements for Effective Practice for Mentoring by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Men in Mentoring Toolkit by Mentor Michigan​ Mentor Resources and Publications by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Mentoring Tips Blog by the UNM Mentoring Institute SFPS Behavior Expectations for Students Supporting Children Who Have an Incarcerated Parent The Wisdom of Age a Handbook for Mentors by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Tools for Mentoring Adolescents by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Communication Skills

Conversation Starters by Teammates Mentoring Talking it Through by Education Northwest via Mentor Michigan

College Readiness and Support

College Positive Mentor Toolkit by Mentor Michigan

Child Safety and Reporting

Belief Behind the Behavior from Schools on Wheels Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence as a Mentor by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Working With Students Exposed to Trauma: What Trauma Can Look Like from Schools on Wheels

general activities

100 IDEAS TO USE WHEN MENTORING YOUTH: Activities and Conversations to Help Your Mentees Excel by Linda Phillips-Jones, Ph.D. Jean Ann Walth, B.A. Carlo Walth, B.A., M.Div; Millersville University

52 Mentor Activities: An activity for each week! by Connecting Generations

A Year’s Worth of Mentoring Activities by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Activities Book for Mentors and Mentees by Mentor New York

Career-focused Mentoring for Youth: The What, Why, and How by the Office of Disability Employment Policy

Educational Activities for Kids


K-12 Journey Map by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Mentoring Activity Ideas by Mentor Michigan



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