Mentoring USA

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Basic Information

Address: 5 Hanover Sq 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Phone Number: 212-400-8294
Fax Number: 212-400-8278
Director: Stephen Powell

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Mentoring Youth One-to-One
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: youth ages 7-21 in schools, community centers, and foster care agencies
Ages for Volunteer: 18 and older
Hours of Service: Monday to Saturday
Minimum Hours Required: 4 to 6 hours a month
Days of Service: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Mission Statement:

Mentoring USA's mission is to create positive and supportive mentor relationships for youth ages 7-21, through a structured site-based model.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Mentoring USA believes that the presence of a caring adult in a young person's life increases self-esteem, strengthens relationships with peers and adults, improves academic performance and attendance, and helps combat school drop-out. Research increasingly indicates that children who succeed, despite often enormous personal, economic or social obstacles, do so because of caring, competent adults who believe in them. Mentoring outcomes are reciprocal: mentors attest to enhanced self image and self esteem, fulfilling expression of personal values and accrue cultural capital and a diverse perspective.

Program History:

Mentoring USA is a structured, site-based, mentoring organization that began as the first state-sponsored, school-based, one-on-one mentoring program in the country in 1987. The program founded by former First Lady of the State of New York, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1995, and has provided mentors for more than 5,000 children since its inception and serves youth nationally and internationally.