Become a Mentor

I never knew I made such a difference.

– Ernie, mentor (Just months before his death and after hearing from a young man he had mentored years before.)

pair-4Do you believe that YOU can change the world? We at IYM know that mentors can…one kid at a time! We are looking for adults who would like to spend just a few hours a month with a young person who is in need of a positive adult role model. Twice a month mentors get together with their youth to participate in fun and simple activities. So, whether it’s going for a walk, watching a sporting event, baking some cookies, fishing in the river, building a puzzle, or whatever – you will be pouring your life into the youth you’ve been matched with by simply being present in their world. You will become their friend and then their view of life will begin to positively change. Sign up to become a mentor

96% of existing mentors would recommend mentoring to others.

– Mentoring in America 2005: A Snapshot of the Current State of Mentoring, MENTOR

Story after story confirms that being a mentor is more enriching and rewarding than our volunteers thought possible! IYM professional staff provides training, ongoing support, and activity opportunities to make your experience fun and empowering to you. We are always ready to answer any questions you have or offer encouragement as you help a kid grow through life.

What is a mentor?

/ˈmenˌtôr/ – a trusted counselor or guide.


Notice it doesn’t say “guru” or “perfect person”.  The key word in the definition of a mentor is “trust”.  IYM Mentors are simply adults who care enough to involve themselves in the life of a young person to bring encouragement and hope. The more time you are with your mentee, the more that trust is built.  As your mentee values you being authentic, your opinions gain respect.  As this happens the opportunity to counsel and guide comes naturally in your everyday conversation.

Mentors are both men and women and can be done individually or as a couple.  It has been found in programs like ours that 70% of kids waiting for a mentor are boys and 70% of inquiries to becoming mentors are by women.  You can see our challenge and great additional need for men!  So, men and women – we need you now!

What does a mentor do?

Be yourself, be real, have fun.  Take your mentee to do all kinds of things – even stuff that you might think isn’t that exciting – like running errands.  Remember, it is about the time spent together, not how much money is spent or how big of an event it is.  Mentors love doing things they enjoy, with their mentee.  Matches are made with kids who have similar interests to make it easy to start and grow your mentor match partnership.

It’s all about being there!

Is it really helpful to the kid?

Mentor Process

Yes.  The stories and studies to support this are mind-blowing.  Statistics will say that kids are nearly twice as likely to stay in school and keep away from drugs – simply by having a caring adult mentor in their life for 4 hours a month.  That doesn’t seem like a lot, but kids in our program are proof of this impact.  Story after story of life change or empowerment to make good choices confidently inspire our mentors to continue shaping the life of their mentee. Read real life stories or learn more about mentorship studies.

What do I need to do to become a mentor?

It is as easy as 1, 2, 3…  IYM does an excellent job to quickly and easily process each of our potential mentors.  You can be mentoring a young person as quickly as in 2-3 weeks.