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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
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
568 Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035
Telephone: 408-504-5705
Fax: 408-263-2631
Website: 
www.flyprogram.org
Contact: Cassidy Higgins
E-mail: cassidy@flyprogram.org

FLY's mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through mentoring, legal education, and leadership training. FLY provides services to our most at-risk and disadvantaged youth. In our Mentor Program, FLY matches youth who are struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction with an adult role model that meets with them every week. The mentor helps the youth discover how to solve problems without turning to drugs or alcohol and how to have fun without being high.

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: 14 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 8 hours per month or 2 - 3 hours per week
Length of commitment: 12 months minimum
Mentor Tutor Connection (formerly Partners for New Generations)
Mentor Programs at Alta Vista, Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools
PO Box 1473
Los Altos, CA 94023
Telephone: 650-641-2821
Contact: Audrey Fox, Programs Administrator
E-mail: 
programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Mentor Tutor Connection (formerly Partners for New Generations) places volunteer mentors with students at Mountain View High School, Los Altos High School, and Alta Vista High School. We also place tutors at Mountain View and Los Altos elementary and middle schools.
 
Program type: School-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 14 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 4 hours per month
Length of commitment: academic school year
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
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
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
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Alternative Education Student Mentor Program
1290 Ridder Park
San Jose, CA 95131
Telephone: 408-453-6574
Fax: 408-453-6723
Website: www.sccoe.org
Contact: Lisa Ketchum
 
Santa Clara County Office of Education’s vision is for all students with mentors in the Alternative Schools are equipped with a transition plan and goals for education and employment after high school. The purpose of the Alternative Education Student Mentoring Program is to foster a rewarding partnership among Alternative Schools’ students and SCCOE leadership team members that enhances individual student potential and achievement. Currently, the program is only open to SCCOE staff as mentors.

Program type: School-based
Mentoring focus: Career development
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 13 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 1 hour b-weekly
Length of commitment: 9 month/school year
CASA of San Mateo County
330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 139
Redwood City, CA 94065
Telephone: 650-517-5840
Fax: 650-517-5841
Website: 
www.CASAofSanMateo.org
Contact: Beth Nolan
 
CASA of San Mateo County's mission is to to ensure that all abused and neglected children have a consistent and caring adult who speaks on their behalf and helps them reach their full potential.        
 
Program type: Community-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: 0 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 10 - 13 hours per month
Length of commitment: 18 months
Silicon Valley Children's Fund
YES Program/RISE
1871 The Alameda, Suite 335
San Jose, CA 95126
Telephone: 408-484-6200
Website: www.svcf.org
Contact: Malisa Barclay

The Silicon Valley Children’s Fund is committed to improving educational and life outcomes of foster youth through high impact programs and services. We achieve this in collaboration with schools, community organizations, and public agencies. Our vision is that by age 24, foster youth in Silicon Valley are self-reliant. YES (Youth Education Scholars) to Higher Education Program was created because foster youth attend and graduate college at rates far below their peers. The objective is to increase opportunities for post-secondary education for (former) foster youth; to equip them with the tools and support to enter and succeed in school.    

Program type: Community-based; tutoring/academic; career development
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 18 - 25
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: varies, weekly
Length of commitment: 1 academic year
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
509 Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035
Telephone: 408-416-0406
Fax: 408-416-0406
Website: 
www.bemyadvocate.org
Contact: Amalia Renteria
E-mail: 
Amalia@cadvocates.org

Our program matches foster youth with a volunteer Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA) who is trained to provide emotional and education support, ensuring that each child’s needs are met and that their voice is heard while navigating the dependency court system. Currently Child Advocates serves approximately 600 of Santa Clara’s dependent children and relies on its 500 volunteers to successfully implement its program. To become a CASA, our volunteers attend a training program before being sworn in by the judge. This special appointment distinguishes our program from all other youth programs because it allows our CASA’s access to critical school, health and family files so they can better serve, and advocate for, their foster youth.    

Program type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: Infants to 18 years old
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 12 hours per month
Length of commitment: 12 months
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