Our Affiliates

MENTOR’s national Affiliates serve as catalysts of state and local mentoring movements.
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MENTOR scales impact by developing and supporting Affiliates on a national level. These Affiliates are non-partisan, public-private organizations that galvanize local or statewide mentoring movements. They provide the leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. MENTOR Affiliates also serve a unique role as a clearinghouse for training, resources, public awareness and advocacy, providing the critical link between MENTOR’s national efforts and local organizations and programs that foster and support quality mentoring relationships. As designated MENTOR Affiliates, they inform and distribute our research and resources.


MENTOR Affiliates are focused on the following key priorities:

  • Advancing the quality of the local mentoring field by building relationships with new and existing mentoring programs and providing capacity building trainings and technical assistance grounded in evidence-based approaches.
  • Engaging a wide variety of public and private stakeholders to increase both the number of volunteer mentors as well as resources for the local mentoring field.
  • Collecting data on a regular basis to describe the impact of mentoring in the broader community and identify gaps in the range of services needed.
  • Expanding public and private support and investment in mentoring through public awareness and advocacy efforts that foster communities that prioritize quality youth mentoring.

MENTOR Affiliates have developed solid, field-tested solutions to some of the mentoring movement’s greatest challenges.

MENTOR Colorado

Mission: To champion a collective movement in Colorado that will improve the number of quality mentoring relationships for young people.

Founded: 2013 Executive Director: Hannah Krieger Website: http://www.comentoring.org Contact: E: Hannah.krieger@comentoring.org P: (720) 456-8882


Governor’s Prevention Partnership

Mission: The Governor’s Prevention Partnership equips, empowers, and connects organizations, communities, and families to prevent substance abuse, underage drinking and violence among youth and promotes positive outcomes for all young people in Connecticut.

CT, Jill Spineti

Founded: 1989 President and CEO: Jill Spineti Website: https://www.preventionworksct.org Contact: E: jill.spineti@preventionworksct.org P: (860) 523-8042 ext. 18

Mentor Center of Palm Beach County 

Mission: To improve measurably the lives of individuals and families in Palm Beach County by uniting the resources of donors, volunteers, agencies and the community.

FL, Gary Graham

Founded: 1999 Mentoring Initiative Director: Gary Graham Website: https://unitedwaypbc.org/mentor/ Contact: E: garygraham@unitedwaypbc.org P: (561) 375-6638

MENTOR Illinois

Mission: To promote healthy development by significantly expanding the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for children and youth in Illinois.


Founded: 2012 Interim Contact: Cheryl Howard-Neal  Website: http://www.ilmentoring.org Contact: E: chneal@ilmentoring.org P: (312) 881-7767 

MENTOR Indiana

Mission: To empower youth champions to expand and deliver quality mentoring to meet the needs of communities across Indiana. 

Founded: 2008 Vice President of Statewide Outreach: December LeTexier Website: https://www.iyi.org/mentor-indiana/ Contact: E: dletexier@iyi.org P: (317) 396-2755

Iowa Mentoring Partnership

Mission: To improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering by supporting quality mentoring programs.

IA, Mary Sheka

Founded: 2001 Director: Mary Sheka Website: https://www.iowamentoring.org Contact: E: mary.sheka@iowa.gov P: (515) 348-6236


Mission: To promote safe and effective youth mentoring practices and inspire more Kansans to be mentors.

Founded: 2006 Interim Contact: Jessica Noble Website: http://mentorkansas.org Contact: E: mentor@ksde.org P: (785) 368-6211

Maryland MENTOR

Mission: Maryland MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for Maryland’s young people and to close the mentoring gap. Executive Director: Sadiq Ali Website: Marylandmentor.net  Contact: E: Sali@marylandmentor.net P: (410) 374-7692 ext.105

Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mission: To fuel the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts by working with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families and communities. Founded: 1992
President and CEO: Lily Mendez Website: http://massmentors.org/
Contact: E: Lmendez@massmentors.org P: (617) 695-2448

Mentor Michigan

Mission: To enable youth to successfully transition to adulthood, by supporting agencies that foster ongoing, stable, safe, quality relationships with caring adults. Founded: 1999 Executive Director: Virginia Holmes Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mentormichigan Contact: E: holmesv@michigan.gov P: (517) 335-4295

MENTOR Minnesota

Mission: To build and elevate the capacity of programs, systems and policies to strengthen youth mentoring relationships. Founded: 1994 Executive Director: Jess Anna Glover Website: http://www.mentormn.org/ Contact: E: jessanna@mentormn.org P: (612) 800-5991

MENTOR Nebraska

Mission: To increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships in Nebraska. NE, Deborah Neary Founded: 1999 Executive Director: Deborah Neary Website: http://mmpomaha.org Contact: E: dneary@mmpomaha.org P: (402) 715-4176

The Newark Mentoring Movement

Mission: To transform our community by preparing youth to succeed in life, through positive mentoring relationships. NJ, Lee Schaefer Founded: Relaunched 2012 Special Projects Manager: Lee Schaefer Website: http://www.newarkmentoring.org Contact: E: lees@newarkmentoring.org P: (862) 766-6562


Mentor New York

Mission: To bring caring adults together with children in need through safe, effective mentoring programs. NY, Jean Lahage Cohen Founded: 1992 Executive Director: Jean Lahage Cohen Website: http://www.mentornewyork.org Contact: Ejlcohen@mentorkids.org P: (212) 953-0945

MENTOR Central Ohio

Mission: To accelerate the quality and quantity of mentoring across Ohio to help transform children’s lives for the better.

Founded: 1998 Executive Director: Ami Peacock Website: http://www.mentorcentralohio.org Contact: Eapeacock@bbbscentralohio.org P: (614) 839-2447 ext. 103

Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest

Mission: To expand positive life opportunities for all young Oregonians by connecting them with caring mentors. OR, Celeste Janssen Founded: 2001 Director: Celeste Janssen Website: http://educationnorthwest.org Contact: E: Celeste.Janssen@educationnorthwest.org P: (503) 275-9580

MENTOR Independence Region

Mission: To expand the mentoring field’s regional capacity to reach more school-aged children with caring, committed adult mentors, using best practices, training and professional support to achieve lifelong positive educational and behavioral outcomes for youth. PA, Abigail Ellis Founded: 2015 Executive Director: Abigail Ellis  Website: www.mentorir.org Contact: Eaellis@mentorir.org P: (215) 701-8108

Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Mission: To promote the importance of quality mentoring; present best practices and research; and deliver training, technical assistance and professional development for the staff and volunteers of local mentoring programs. PA SW, Colleen Fedor Founded: 1995 Executive Director: Colleen Fedor  Website: http://www.mentoringpittsburgh.org Contact: Ecfedor@mentoringpittsburgh.org P: (412) 281-2535

MENTOR Rhode Island 

Mission: Our mission is to ensure youth have access to the motivational and supportive relationships they need to grow into confident, successful adults. Jo-Ann-SchofieldFounded: 1990 President and CEO: Jo-Ann Schofield Website: http://mentorri.org Contact: E: jschofield@mentorri.org P: (401) 732-7700

MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies

Mission: To bring together a broad range of community groups and leaders to support responsible mentoring initiatives in Memphis/Shelby County and to promote mentoring as a strategy to prevent youth violence, substance abuse, school drop-outs, and other negative behaviors limiting children’s prospects for success.

Founded: 2001 Senior Manager: Tiffani Morrow Website: http://www.grizzliesfoundation.org Contact: E: tmorrow@grizzlies.com P: (901) 205-1250

MENTOR Vermont

Mission: To provide resources and support to youth mentoring programs in Vermont so they can meet the needs of young people in their communities.  Founded: 2003 Executive Director: Chad Butt Website: mentorvt.org Contact: E: chad@mentorvt.org P: (802) 658-1888

MENTOR Virginia

Mission: To provide training and technical assistance to mentors and mentoring programs to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring for Virginia’s youth. VA, Elizabeth Bass Cleland Founded: 1993 Executive Director: Elizabeth Bass Website: http://www.vamentoring.org Contact: E: elizabeth@vamentoring.org P: (804) 828-1536

MENTOR Washington

Mission: To promote, support and expand quality mentoring that fosters positive youth development and academic success. Founded: 1999 Executive Director: Kelly Stockman McKee, MPA Website: http://www.mentorwashington.org Contact: E: kmckee@mentorwashington.org P: (425) 416-2030

MENTOR Greater Milwaukee

Mission: MENTOR Greater Milwaukee will increase Mentoring relationships by building the capacity of existing mentoring organizations matching a caring adult with children in need through safe, effective mentoring programs throughout Greater Milwaukee. Founded: 2018 Executive Director: Alicia Moore Website: http://www.milwaukeementor.com Contact: E: amoore@milwaukeementor.com  P: (414) 908-1081

Affiliates in Development

In addition to the Affiliates listed above, we have new local Affiliates in development.  Below are the Affiliates in development as well as the anticipated date of delivery of services to the local mentoring field.    

  • MENTOR North Carolina – late 2019
  • MENTOR California – 2020
  • MENTOR Georgia – 2020

If you are interested if learning more about how to develop a MENTOR Affiliate in your area, please contact Joellen Spacek.

MENTOR would like to express sincere gratitude and thanks to our Affiliates for contributing so many wonderful photos of their mentoring programs which showcase real-life relationships between mentors and mentees.  Photos throughout our website are courtesy of the following:  MENTOR Michigan, Mass Mentoring Partnership, MENTOR Washington, Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania (copyright Renee Rosensteel, used with permission), MENTOR Nebraska, MENTOR Vermont, MENTOR Rhode Island and MENTOR Colorado.