Bay Area Mentoring
HomeFind a ProgramMembershipEventsMediaAlameda CountyContra Costa CountyMarin CountyNapa CountySan Francisco CountySan Mateo CountySanta Clara CountySanta Cruz CountySolano CountySonoma CountyOther Northern CaliforniaE-MentoringContact

Friends for Youth, Inc.
1741 Broadway, first floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Telephone: 650-482-2867
Fax: 650-368-4475
Website: www.friendsforyouth.org
Contact: Vanessa Corona
E-mail: mentor@friendsforyouth.org

Since 1979, Friends for Youth has been dedicated to supporting youth-in-need through quality mentoring by creating and cultivating friendships with adult volunteers, providing opportunities for enrichment and growth, and focusing on ways to help youth achieve their potential.

Program type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring 
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 8 - 17
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 2 hours per week
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
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
Reach & Rise Mentoring Program
Urban Services YMCA
1426 Fillmore St., Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone: 415-561-0631x102
Fax: 415-563-8017
Website: www.ymcasf.org/urban/programs/building_futures
Contact: Tracy Ward
E-mail: mentoring@ymcasf.org

The Building Future mission is to help at-risk youth overcome personal, social, and family challenges through a positive adult-child relationship. Building Futures 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 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 6 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 1 - 3 hours per week
Length of commitment: 12 months
BUILD 
1212 Broadway Street, Suite 630, Oakland, CA 94612 
7700 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA 94621 
2385 Bay Road, Redwood City, CA 94063
Telephone: 650-319-8180
Website: www.build.org 
Contact: Dominique Ta
E-mail: DTa@build.org
 
BUILD works with high school students at high-risk for dropping out of high school. Our four-year college preparation program begins as a ninth-grade class and uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle to teach academic, business and executive functioning skills. Entrepreneurship is a powerful hook, but college is the goal. By helping students start up and run their own small businesses, BUILD supplements traditional school with real-world professional experiences, academic support and 21st Century skill-building. By equipping students with these college and career readiness skills, we reduce high school drop-out rates and gives youth hope and a promising future in college. Our Results: In 2012, 95% of BUILD’s seniors graduated high school, 100% of graduates were admitted to college and 93% completed their first year of college—compared to the national average of 65%
 
Program Type: School-based, site-based
Mentoring focus: Career development
Mentoring ratio: Team mentoring (2 mentors for every 3-5 mentees)
Mentee ages: 14 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 1.5 hours per week (3:00 - 4:30 pm or 5:30 - 7:00 pm)
Length of commitment: 9 or 11 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
California Partnership Academies
Carlmont and Woodside High Schools
Carlmont: 1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002
Woodside: 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside, CA 94062
Telephone: 650-595-0210 and 650-367-9750
Fax: 650-591-6067 and 650-367-7263
Website: http://carlmonths.org/ and www.woodsidehs.org
Contact: Faith Velschow
E-mail: fvelschow@seq.org
 
The Partnership Academy Model is a carefully designed and evaluated small learning community with a close working partnership between a high school and local business community; a school-within-a-school in which students in 10th-12th grade take on classes (English, science, social studies, Career Tech Ed) that are for Academy students only; voluntary enrollment by student with parental permission, integrated curriculum with Academy teachers having a common planning period; development of occupational skills needed by employers through a mentor program with 11th grade students matched with a volunteer committed to 2-4 hours each month; and additional motivational activities with local community and employer involvement. 

Program Type: School-based
Mentoring focus: Career development
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 15 - 16 years old
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 2 hours per month
Length of commitment: 9 months (school year)
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
Print