Parent / Guardian Resources

As you consider whether you want a mentor for your child, or if you have already made the decision to move forward, you may have questions about what is involved and what your role will be.

What is Mentoring?

A mentor becomes another caring adult in the life of a child

Mentors have a unique role in the life of a child. Mentors are an additional caring adult supporting the healthy development of your child. Perhaps you recall a teacher, coach, or another person who helped you in some way while you were growing up - that adult was being a mentor. Mentoring programs recruit volunteers of various backgrounds with a wide range of skills and interests who are carefully screened, selected and trained to mentor a child.

Why Mentoring?

Mentoring can help children develop to their fullest potential

Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. A mentor can become a guide who can provide opportunities for gaining new skills and experiences that will help him/her learn and grow at home, at school and in the community.

What's my role?

Support from parents or guardians is key to the mentoring relationship

Once a mentor match is confirmed, the parent/guardian plays a key role in the success of the match. Your encouragement and positive attitude from the beginning will go a long way toward a creating a successful mentoring relationship.  Communicating your values, rules, time limitations, or other concerns to the mentoring program staff is important. As the mentoring relationship builds, it is important to talk with your child and the mentor separately about how things are going.

Find a Mentor

Learn more about mentoring programs near you by searching our program database.

Questions and Concerns

For specific information on mentoring or finding a mentor for your child, please email us at or give us a call at 412.281.2535.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about mentoring, or browse through the resources below.

Research on the Benefits of Mentoring

Mentee's Lives are Positively Affected by Mentoring
Mentors Benefit from Mentoring
Mentoring Positively Affects the Mental Health and Behavior of Young People
Mentoring Can Help All Types of Youth
Mentoring Improves Academic Outcomes for Youth
Youth Want More Mentors

Other Resources

Chronicle for Evidence Based Mentoring
Education Northwest
The National Mentoring Partnership