The Youth Mentor Program

We believe circumstance should not dictate a child’s future, and that every child should graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life. Integral to the children’s success are many dedicated volunteers who support the children through important roles like mentoring.

Mentoring really makes a difference!

  • Youth who meet regularly with a mentor are 52% less likely to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class than their peers.
  • Youth who meet regularly with a mentor are 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking than their peers.
  • Girls who have a mentor are 2.5 times more likely to be confident in their ability to be successful at school than girls without a mentor.
  • Mentored boys are two times less likely to develop negative conducts like bullying, fighting, lying, cheating, losing their temper or expressing anger than non-mentored boys. 
(Data sources: Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters and research by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Why become a mentor?

You can have a tremendous positive impact on a child’s life. Many of the youth served lack the guidance of a caring adult and therefore engage in harmful behaviors. People like you can provide the kind of support and encouragement a child needs to make good choices and succeed in life.

We will work to make the right mentoring match for you. Now in its 26th year, Horton’s Kids is deeply connected to the children it serves. Together, we are in the community every day and we know the children well. Based on your potential strengths as a mentor and the needs of the youth, we will do our best to pair you with a mentee with whom you can have a meaningful and lasting mentorship.

Horton’s Kids will provide mentor training and ongoing support. After signing up to be a mentor, you will be invited to attend a comprehensive mentor training where you will learn the skills needed to connect with your mentee, work through challenges, and how to make the most of the time you spend with him or her. Throughout your mentorship, you will have regular access to resources and staff for additional support.

If I decide to mentor, what is expected of me?

  • Commit to mentoring for at least one year.
  • Spend time with your mentee at least once a month.
  • Talk to your mentee on the phone at least once a week.
  • Complete volunteer paperwork, a background check, and a TB test.
  • Attend a mentor training. 


To volunteer with our Youth Mentor Program, or to request more information click here