Mentoring is a way to develop a one-on-one relationship between an older, wiser, or more experienced person with someone who is younger, in need of guidance, or could benefit from such a relationship. Positive mentoring experiences can help young people improve their relationships with school, family, and peers. Studies have shown that children need only one bond with an adult who believes in them to help them be resilient through tough times.

Adult to Youth Mentoring


Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.

Education Northwest
The National Mentoring Center at Education Northwest provides training and free information for youth mentoring programs.


MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
The Partnership is a nonprofit dedicated to organizing mentoring programs for children. This site gives information on how to become a mentor and how to start a mentoring program as well as research and ways to take action.

Peer Mentoring


Building Effective Peer Mentoring Programs in Schools: An Introductory Guide
Published by The Mentoring Resource Center in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, this guide provides information on the outcomes of peer mentoring and a guide on how to implement a quality program.


U.S. Department of Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention published: Make a Friend – Be a Peer Mentor. This article describes how to implement and assess a peer mentoring program including potential pitfalls.

Journal Research Articles


Natural Mentoring and Psychosocial Outcomes among Older Youth Transitioning From Foster Care
Munson, M. R., & McMillen, J. C. (2009). Natural mentoring and psychosocial outcomes among older youth transitioning from foster care. Children and youth services review, 31(1), 104-111.
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Exploring the impact of group work and mentoring for multiple heritage children's self-esteem, well-being and behavior
Phillips, D., Hagan, T., Bodfield, E., Woodthorpe, K., & Grimsley, M. (2008). Exploring the impact of group work and mentoring for multiple heritage children's self‐esteem, well‐being and behaviour. Health & social care in the community, 16(3), 310-321.
Full Article


Attachment Style and Mentoring Relationships in Adolescence
Georgiou, S. N., Demetriou, A. P., & Stavrinides, P. (2008). Attachment style and mentoring relationships in adolescence. Educational Psychology, 28(6), 603-614.
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