National Youth Mentoring Initiative

A person’s circumstances and background shouldn’t determine their access to opportunities and experiences.

Boys & Girls Clubs have long recognized the need and importance of mentors in the lives of America’s youth and utilize high quality mentoring programming to serve more than 34,000 youth and teens in all 50 states.

Currently, one in three young people — an estimated 16 million — will grow up without a mentor.

As a leader in the out-of-school time space, Clubs meet the needs of local communities across the country, keeping young people safe, providing opportunities for improving academic success, and building character and leadership skills, which helps increase youth resiliency, and reduces high-risk activity.

In communities nationwide, Boys & Girls Club National Mentoring Programs provide adult mentors for children from single-parent, low-income, and military households.

The National Mentoring Partnership along with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth Outcome Initiative report confirms the positive impact mentoring has on young people, especially at-risk youth, to help them succeed in school, work, and life.

Our Ask: $120 million for the National Youth Mentoring Program in FY 2020.