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Welcome to Bay Area Mentoring!

Bay Area Mentoring promotes youth mentoring by connecting programs and community members throughout Northern California.

Pass It On... Become a Mentor!
If you've benefited from the attention of a mentor in your life, now is the time to pass it on and become a mentor to a young person
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January is National Mentoring Month!
January 2014 is the thirteenth annual National Mentoring Month, a time each year when our nation spotlights the importance of mentors and the need for every child to have a caring adult in his or her life. Activities for this upcoming year include a concentrated burst of national and local media activity combined with White House and Congressional involvement and extensive community outreach to institutionalize the nation's commitment to long-term mentoring. National Mentoring Month efforts are spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and United Way Worldwide. As the lead local partner, Bay Area Mentoring is the designated partnership in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California responsible for coordinating local campaign activities.

National Mentoring Month 2014

Visit the Events Page to read more about our efforts and activities from January 2013 that raised awareness of the need for more positive adult and teen role models in Northern California.

Learn more about National Mentoring Month. You'll see information about the national push to promote mentoring, including the Who Mentored You? project. Did you have a mentor who was important in your life? Write a tribute to celebrate National Mentoring Month!

Watch the 
National Mentoring Month PSAs featuring General Colin Powell and the ReelPeople Project.
Check out the list of 10 Things to Do During January for ideas on how to celebrate National Mentoring Month!

Watch the ReelPeople Project PSA featuring Jennifer and Iliana from Bay Area Mentoring member program Friends for Youth.
Download customizable campaign materials from the official site.


Bay Area Mentoring Efforts

January 2014 marks the thirteenth National Mentoring Month and, to celebrate mentoring, Bay Area Mentoring’s 35 member programs are reaching out to more teens and adults, urging them to serve as mentors to 3,150 children and youth waiting to be matched in 2014. Sarah Kremer, Program Director of Friends for Youth’s Mentoring Institute and Coordinator for Bay Area Mentoring, says, “Mentors are needed now more than ever to inspire and listen to young people. Whether you focus on supporting being a good friend, providing a space to share, developing skills or interests, or just hanging out, mentoring can be a transformational relationship that will make a positive difference.”

Bay Area Mentoring programs boast a variety of ways to mentor, all focused on providing consistent and fun support to help youth transition into successful, healthy, and happy young adults. They are all looking for volunteer youth and adults who can help a child or teen feel like they matter. As one mentee says, "It's nice to have another adult helping you. It's like having an older version of your Best Friend who has experience and knowledge to share.” A mentor adds, “I expected this to be fun for a few hours and then leave and go home. But there is a greater sense of responsibility. I have someone counting on me.” Mentors and mentees from programs are available for interviews.

General Colin L. Powell again headlines this year’s National Mentoring Month volunteer recruitment drive. In the PSA prepared for broadcast on television and radio, General Powell says, “As a nation, we need to invest in our young people, let them know they are full of potential. Now let’s help them succeed. Mentoring can do that. Help your country by volunteering to be a mentor to a young person in your community. You’ll be glad you did.

Last year, more than 500,000 individuals across the country responded to the campaign by seeking information about local mentoring programs in need of more volunteers. Bay Area Mentoring programs served 13,500 children and youth last year, but need at least 3,150 more mentors in 2014 for those waiting to be matched. Interested potential volunteers can find a program to match their interests in the tabs listed by county at the top of this website.

As the lead local partner, Bay Area Mentoring is the designated partnership in the San Francisco Bay Area responsible for coordinating local campaign activities.

Bay Area Mentoring was created to help organizations reach potential mentors by partnering with other local programs. Through National Mentoring Month events, the annual Northern California mentoring conference, workshops, and networking opportunities, mentoring programs can leverage their voice to reach volunteers, donors, and the media. To become involved in this community of youth mentoring, be sure to register your program with Bay Area Mentoring so you can be updated on activities, conferences, and program opportunities. To learn more, contact us