Mentor253 envisions of future for our city when every young person has the opportunity to have a committed, caring adult in their corner.

Why Mentorship?

Mentorship matters for the lives of youth and young adults. It is about recognizing and nurturing a young person’s assets and accompanying them into adulthood. According to the most recent research:

  • Mentored young people LEARN MORE

    Mentoring has been linked in studies to increased emotional intelligence, a key indicator in youth for improved academic achievement in school.

  • Mentorship Leads to Success

    Mentored young people are less likely to participate in risky behaviors and much more likely to engage in extracurricular and leadership activities in school. They’re also more likely to attend college and earn their degree!

  • Mentorship Has Ripple Effects

    90% of people who were mentored choose to serve as mentors to someone else.

  • Mentoring is good for Mentors!

    Adults who serve as mentors experience:

    • Increased self-esteem
    • A sense of accomplishment
    • Creation of networks of volunteers
    • Insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
    • Increased patience and improved supervisory skills
Did You Know?

The word “mentor” comes from Greek mythology. Mentor was the name of the person who cared for the child of the Greek hero Odysseus. According to legend, Mentor embodied both traditionally male and female qualities. But in the end, Mentor revealed herself to be the Greek goddess Athena in disguise!

What Does it Look Like?

Mentor253 trains, matches, and supports mentors in order to ensure healthy, committed and mutually transformative mentoring relationships. With a particular eye toward underserved young people in our city, Mentor partners with high quality programs and organizations to provide opportunities for mentorship across the 253.

What kind of mentoring opportunities does Mentor253 provide?

Through its mentoring sites and youth development partners, Mentor253 currently provides mentoring opportunities for middle school and high school youth, along with professional/vocational mentoring opportunities for currently enrolled college students and recent graduates.

Sign me up to be a mentor! How do I get involved?

While it takes a full application and background check to become a mentor, start by clicking here to fill out a brief interest form. Our staff will contact you shortly to gather more information and share our full mentor application with you.

I want a mentor. Can you help?

We sure can! Though typical “mentee” participants are identified by our initiatives here a the Northwest Leadership Foundation, along with our community partners, let us know if you are interested in finding a mentor, and we’ll follow up with you.

What makes Mentor253 different?

Mentor253 is a community-wide platform for adults, youth and young adults to engage in sustained and healthy mentoring relationships.

With a commitment to high quality screening, training and matching, along with ongoing support Mentor253 is committed to excellent mentoring and nurturing opportunities for mutually transformative mentoring relationships.

How Do I Get Involved?

To sign up to be a mentor or receive more information please fill out the short form below

“We have to make these young people  feel that they are necessary. They should be given certain things for which youth craves – the chance for self-sacrifice for an ideal.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin