NYS Mentoring Program

NYS Mentoring Program

The New York State Mentoring Program creates supportive Mentor relationships for students at risk of dropping out of school. This unique program takes place in a school-based setting, one-to-one between the mentor and mentee with a school coordinator present who is selected by the principal. The program provides background checks and training for volunteer mentors and mentees.

Mrs.  Matilda Raffa Cuomo, creator of the NYS Mentoring Program, continues to direct this effort which the Council on Children and Families manages.

Please use the map below to apply to become a mentor and/or to reach out to the mentoring program staff person from your county. Mentoring staff will do their best to answer or find answers to your questions while helping you through the process of becoming an approved mentor.

Interested in becoming a mentor?

  • USE THE MAP BELOW and click the county you are interested in mentoring in. A pop-up box will appear on the map with a link for you to apply to be a mentor. Your application will be sent to a designated Mentoring staff person in the county you selected. Someone will get back to you within a few days.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about mentoring, contact the mentoring staff person listed for the county you are interested in mentoring in.
  • Use "+" and "-" to zoom in and out of map.


Mail Option

If you prefer to mail your Mentoring application,
please complete this application and send it to the address below.

Council on Children and Families
52 Washington Street, Suite 99 West
Rensselaer, NY 12144

To apply online,
select the county you would like to mentor in from the map above.

Call 1-844-337-6304
e-mail the NYS Mentoring Program