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Mentoring for Success
SFUSD School Health Programs Department
1515 Quintara St
San Francisco, CA 94116
Telephone: 415-242-2615 ext. 3078
Fax: 414-242-2618
Website:http://healthiersf.org/MentoringForSuccess
Contact: Erin Farrell
E-mail: farrelle@sfusd.edu

Mentoring For Success is a school-based mentoring program designed to build student assets. The program creates high-quality mentoring relationships that result in 1) sustained relationships, improvements in academic performance, and decreased absenteeism and 2) enhanced school environment, promotion of pro-social norms, and reduced high risk behavior.

Program Type: School-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support; tutoring/academic; career development; sports/recreation
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 5 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: minimum 1 hour per week
Length of commitment: minimum 12 months
First Exposures
PO Box 881971
San Francisco, CA 94188-1971
Telephone: 415-374-6657
Contact: Erik Auerbach
E-mail: 
erik@firstexposures.org
We are a weekly Saturday photography mentoring program for at-risk youth, pairing each youth one-on-one with an adult volunteer mentor in order to learn photography. Youth: Creative young people, ages 11-18, whose backgrounds may include former homelessness or current low-income living situations. Volunteers: Mentors come to us from many different professions, but all mentors share a background in black and white photography and a commitment to youth and education.

Program type: Community-based; site-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support; Career development
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 11 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 5 hours per week
Length of commitment: 12 months
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
649 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: 415-503-4050
Fax: 415-503-4051
Website: www.bbbsba.org
Contact: Sarah Izant 
E-mail: enrollment@bbbsba.org

Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better...forever.

Program Type: Community-based; School-based, Site-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 6 - 16
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 4 - 12 hours per month
Length of commitment: 12 months
Spark
251 Rhode Island St. Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: 415-626-5470
Fax: 415-354-8491
Website: www.sparkprogram.org
Contact: Sara Draffin
E-mail: 
sdraffin@sparkprogram.org

Spark is a youth empowerment program engaging students with apprenticeships, interactive field trips, and personal development. Spark's mission is to inspire middle-school youth to pursue their interests, create bonds with their communities, and develop a lifelong interest in learning. We are always looking for volunteer mentors to work with students as Apprentice Teachers, opening their workplace to students who dream of working in their profession. Spark is offered as both a full-day summer program and a twice-weekly after-school program for middle-school youth in Redwood City and San Francisco.

Program type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Career development
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 12 - 13 (7th and 8th grades)
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 2 hours per week in fall and spring; 6 hours per week in summer
Length of commitment: 4 weeks in summer; 10 weeks in fall and spring
Reach and Rise Mentoring Program
Urban Services YMCA 
1426 Fillmore St., Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone: 415-561-0631x102
Contact: Eryn Reeder
E-mail: ereeder@ymcasf.org

The Reach and Rise mission is to help at-risk youth overcome personal, social, and family challenges through a positive adult-child relationship. Reach and Rise offers 1-to-1 mentoring to at-risk youth in San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo/Alameda counties. We help children develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, academic underachievement, and decision-making skills. We are unique in that we provide a 15-hour paraprofessional training to all mentors before matching, which prepares them to work successfully with at-risk youth by developing relationship-building skills, exploring issues facing at-risk youth, and strategies to handle difficult situations. Thorough ongoing support is provided by the coordinator who is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.

 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support; Tutoring/academic; Sports/recreation
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
Mentee ages: 6 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 1 - 3 hours per week
Length of commitment: 12 months
Mixed Roots Foundation
Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP)

601 Van Ness Avenue #E234

San Francisco, CA  94102

Telephone: 800-659-6958
Fax: 888-674-9099
Website: www.mixedrootsfoundation.org

Contact: Holly Choon Hyang Bachman

 
The Mixed Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and serves as the first and only national / global multicultural foundationthat cross-sects the international, domestic, and foster care adoption experience. Our vision is to leverage philanthropy and grassroots fundraising to provide important post adoption resources for adoptees and their families.  Our mission is to promote and support organizations that serve as a resource to the diverse adoption and foster care community, create more awareness of the adoption and foster care experience, and inspire future generations of adoptees and foster youth to achieve their dreams and goals through collaboration with likeminded individuals, businesses and organizations in the greater community. The Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP), one of Mixed Roots Foundation’s charter programs, sponsors youth who are adopted and/or in foster care to be matched with adult adoptee mentors that serve as positive role models that promote cultural understanding and self-acceptance of being adopted and/or in foster care as well as participate in educational and multicultural program events and activities.
 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: 
Social-emotional support; Tutoring/academic; Career development
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 7 - 17
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 2 - 4 contacts per month
Length of commitment: 12 months
Southern Exposure
Youth Advisory Board and One-on-One Mentorship Program
3030 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 415-863-2141
Fax: 415-863-1841
Website: www.soex.org 
Contact: David Sandoval
E-mail: aie@soex.org
 
Southern Exposure (SoEx) is a visual arts organization that supports emerging artists and youth in a dynamic environment in which they can develop and present new work and ideas. SoEx's nationally recognized Artists in Education (AIE) program brings together diverse youth, artists, schools, and community organizations in a dynamic series of innovative programs. AIE offers youth opportunities to learn critical, artistic, vocational, and cultural experiences beyond the traditional school environment.
 
Program Type: Community-based, Site-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio:  Group (1 mentor for every 7 mentees) for Youth Advisory Board; 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee) for One-on-One Mentorship Program
Mentee ages: 14 - 21
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: dependent on program
Length of commitment: one semester for Youth Advisory Board; 12 months for One-on-One Mentorship Program
A Home Within
2255 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Telephone: 415-621-1749
Fax: 415-294-9020
Website: www.ahomewithin.org
Contact: Saralyn Ruff
 
A Home Within seeks to break the cycle of chronic loss experienced by so many foster youth with a simple, scalable model. We believe that every foster child deserves to have a healthy, stable relationship with at least one caring adult.
 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Relationship
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: any ages, as long as they are or were in the foster care system
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: N/A
Length of commitment: N/A - individual psychotherapy
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