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.

If you aren’t sure whether your program is already in our database, you may conduct a ZIP code search. To submit your program for review, visit our Register Your Program page.

Youth mentoring programs meeting baseline quality standards as outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice™ will be added to the publicly-searchable VRS. Programs that can not approved for the VRS 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.

Program administrators are asked to review and update their VRS program listings quarterly to keep program details and volunteer contacts up to date.

Submit your mentoring program for the VRS now.