Volunteer Referral Service

Interested in recruiting more volunteers for your youth mentoring program? The Volunteer Referral Service (VRS) is great way to supplement your mentor recruitment efforts.

MENTOR offers a free service that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the US recruit more local volunteers while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. Thousands of prospective volunteers visit mentoring.org, serve.gov, CARES Mentoring, the White House's My Brother's Keeper Initiative site, NBA Cares, and other sites each month to search MENTOR's database for mentoring programs in their areas. Ayone interested in becoming a mentor can search for mentoring opportunities by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type to find and contact programs that interest them.


Note that during spring 2015, we are transitioning to a new referral system called the Mentoring Connector.

If your program is listed in the VRS: If your program currently has an active, publicly searchable listing in the VRS, you should have received several emails from MENTOR in February and March with instructions on how to submit an updated program listing to the new Mentoring Connector. Contact us if you did not receive that email or you believe it went to a former employee at your organization.

If your program is NOT listed in the VRS: To submit a new program listing to the Mentoring Connector for review, use the Add a New Program button on the Mentoring Connector login page. 

Not sure?: If you aren’t sure whether your program is already listed in the VRS, please contact us and we'll help you through the right process.

Youth mentoring programs meeting baseline quality standards as outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice™ will be added to the publicly-searchable referral database. Programs that cannot approved for public search will remain in our national database of mentoring programs, aggregate data from which is used by researchers, policy advocates, and our network of Mentoring Partnerships to inform the national conversation about the importance of youth mentoring in the US.