10,000 Connections

A Mentor Recruitment Campaign Powered by Starbucks, LinkedIn & MENTOR

 

 

 

Starbucks, LinkedIn and MENTOR have joined forces to support organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, YMCA of the USA, City Year, and Year Up, to launch a nationwide campaign designed to connect more than 10,000 mentors and mentees across the U.S. The goals: Help close the mentoring gap by creating 10,000 connections online and offline with youth and young adults seeking mentoring support to jumpstart or grow their careers. Please join us by searching for the best mentoring opportunity for you!




“If You Mentor Me…”

1 in 3 young people are growing up without a mentor outside their family.

Young Adults Who Were At-Risk for Falling Off Track But Had a Mentor Are:

55% more likely to enroll in college.
78% more likely to volunteer regularly.
90% are interested in becoming a mentor.
130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

 

Help Us Close the Gap

 

Complete the Search

Search the Mentoring Connector for local mentoring opportunities. Searches can be sorted by zip code, age of youth served, youth served, and type of mentoring. We encourage you to review the full program details listed in the Mentoring Connector to fully understand minimum match commitments, mentor requirements and program details.

Make the Connection

Select a program and click the “contact program” button. The mentoring program receives an email alerting them to a new mentor inquiry. In addition, you will receive an email confirming your inquiry that contains the point-of-contact for the mentoring program including their phone number and email address. The mentoring program point-of-contact will reply to you through the Mentoring Connector & outline the program’s new mentor registration procedures. If you do not hear from the program that you have selected within five days, contact MENTOR at closethegap@mentoring.org.

Register to Mentor

Complete the mentoring program registration procedures including a background check and advance to the mentoring program’s training and matching process. Please note that background checks can take anywhere from ten minutes to a few weeks to be completed and officially received by the mentoring program.

Get Trained and Matched

Complete the mentoring program’s training orientation and matching process. Please note that training requirements for new mentors vary by mentoring program as do the specific matching procedures followed to connect a mentor & a mentee.

Build the Mentoring Relationship

Focus on building your relationship with the mentee(s) that you have been matched with and take advantage of the mentor support provided by the mentoring program. Additional support is available through mentoring.org and the National Mentoring Resource Center. You can also see our resource for career mentors.

Already mentoring? Share Your Story

Inspire others to mentor by telling us about how a mentor has impacted you or about your experience mentoring a young person. Be sure to share your #MentoringMoment on social media!

By submitting your story, you are granting MENTOR and its partners permission to use the story in its communications.

Elevate Your Impact

Donate to advance the mentoring movement

Donate

Advocate the importance of mentoring to elected officials

Advocate

Amplify your mentoring story #MentoringMoment

Amplify

Frequently Asked Questions

1 in 3 young people report not having a mentor outside their family. This is the mentoring gap in America. MENTOR’s 2014 report The Mentoring Effect, based on the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people ages 18-21 about their experiences with mentoring relationships, found that 4.5 million at-risk young people will be in a structured mentoring relationship while they are growing up, but that one in three still reach adulthood without having a mentor.

The goals: Help close the mentoring gap by creating 10,000 connections online and offline with youth and young adults seeking mentoring support to jumpstart or grow their careers.

We are leveraging the Mentoring Connector, the only national database of mentoring programs managed by MENTOR, which is integrated into LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace. The Mentoring Connector helps individuals get involved in their community as a mentor by connecting them with mentoring opportunities that match their availability and interests. Mentoring programs listed in the Mentoring Connecter go through an automated screening process to ensure they meet the minimum requirements within the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring:

  1. Programs must perform background checks on prospective volunteers
  2. Programs must have a minimum match commitment, and
  3. Programs must do some mentor training.

The mentoring program receives an email alerting them to a mentor inquiry. In addition, the individual will receive an email confirming their inquiry that contains the point-of-contact for the mentoring program including their phone number and email address. The mentoring program point-of-contact will reply to the individual through the Mentoring Connector and outline the program’s mentor registration procedures. If an individual does not hear from a mentoring program within a few days, we encourage them to reach out directly to the mentoring program to get started in their mentor application process. Once an individual completes the mentoring program registration procedures including a background check, they advance to the mentoring program’s unique training and matching process. Please note that background checks can take anywhere from ten minutes to a few weeks to be completed and officially received by the mentoring program.

By searching the Mentoring Connector, individuals are sharing their information with MENTOR, its affiliates, and any program they choose to contact. An individual’s email address will not be sold, shared with third parties or used for any purposes other than to keep you updated on news and opportunities related to mentoring.

Year Up, the YMCA of USA, City Year, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America are national organizations with local reach across the country who have existing and deep relationships with Starbucks and LinkedIn. Each of the partners has unique mentoring opportunities available.

The campaign will directly connect individuals interested in mentoring with the local affiliates of the campaign partners leveraging the Mentoring Connector. The campaign will also raise awareness on the impact these national and local organizations are having with youth as well as the power of mentoring relationship supports.

No. Our national mentor recruitment campaign is supporting over 1800 mentoring programs across the country profiled in MENTOR’s Mentoring Connector – a national database of local mentoring opportunities. The four national organizations – BBBS, YMCA, City Year, Year Up – have been identified as our leading national partners on the campaign based on their longtime, in depth partnerships with LinkedIn and/or Starbucks as well as their geographic reach across the country.