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.

The VRS is 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, and other sites each month to search MENTOR's VRS 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 February 2015, we are transitioning to a new referral system called the Mentoring Connector.

If your program currently has an active, publicly searchable listing in the VRS, you should have received an email from MENTOR on February 17 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.

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.  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 can not 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.