NYS Mentoring Program

How can I learn about the NYS Mentoring Program?

Visit the NYS Mentoring Program Website to learn more about the program. You may also contact the mentoring staff person for your county. Use the mentoring regional map to locate your county mentoring coordinator to learn about mentoring in your area.

What are the benefits of having a mentor?

A “Public Private Ventures” study shows:

  • Mentees are 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs than their peers.
  • Mentees are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip class.
  • Mentees are more trusting of their parents or guardians, and are less likely to lie to them and feel more supported and less criticized by peers.

What does Mentoring Entail: 

  • Encouraging young people to stay in school, improve attendance, academic achievement, and overall academic focus.
  • Inspiring students to make sound decisions and take on higher levels of personal responsibility for their actions at home, in the classroom and in the greater community.
  • Helping to instill self-confidence in young people and improve their communication and problem solving skills.
  • Helping students grow, and attain a greater sense of purpose, enterprise and accomplishment, guiding them toward a brighter future.