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Mentoring Coalition

Why Mentor?

A mentor empowers young people to make smart choices that put them on the path to making better life decisions.

1 in 3 youth are growing up without a mentor’s support. You can make a difference by becoming a mentor.

With a mentor, youth are

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
  • 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
  • 90% of youth who have had a mentor say they are now interested in becoming mentors
The three organizations listed below will match you with a youth who would benefit from a mentorship relationship. If you are interested in learning more about mentorship, please fill out the interest form and someone will get in touch with you.
Mentorship Interest Form

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota

Serving youth ages 5-14 in Rice, Steele, Dodge, and Waseca Counties.

Community Based Program- matches get together a couple times a month for a couple hours and do activities in the community they enjoy. It might include playing in the park, visiting an exhibit, going bowling, or hanging out and talking.

Big Couple and Big Family options- volunteer together as a couple or with your whole family. Include a child in what you’re already doing.

Project Friendship

Serving youth in grades 2-7.

Northfield youth are matched with college students from Carleton or St. Olaf College and meet one hour per week on the college campus or other locations in the community with parent approval. Parents provide transportation.

Matches enjoy activities of their choosing together. These might include physical activity, walking around campus, playing games, baking cookies or simply talking with each other.

Connected Kids

Serving Northfield youth in grades 1-12.

School-based program – volunteers from the Northfield community meet with their mentee on school grounds, one hour per week, typically right after school with onsite staff to provide support.

Cross-age Peer mentoring – high school students are matched with elementary students and meet one hour per week after school.

Matches may shoot baskets, play Frisbee, play board games, do an art project or just spend time talking.