Mentoring Connector



Relationships matter. A powerful, positive mentoring relationship can change lives. It can change yours.

The Mentoring Connector is the only national database of mentoring programs. The Mentoring Connector is a free service that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the country recruit more local volunteers while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can search for mentoring opportunities by zip code, ages of youth served, and program type to find and contact programs that interest them. Each year, potential volunteers looking for mentoring opportunities do more than 80,000 searches in this system. Our national partners at the NBA, LinkedIn, and others use this database on their websites to recruit volunteer mentors.

Mentor Illinois Become a Mentor

Become a mentor

Find a mentoring opportunity today! Using the Mentoring Connector, the only national database of mentoring programs, you can search for a variety of programs in your community and connect with them directly about volunteering.

MENTOR Illinois find a mentor

Find a mentor

Are you a parent, guardian, teacher, or caring adult to a young person who you feel could benefit from a mentor? Or are you a young person who wants to connect with a mentor? Mentors are supportive individuals who build relationships with young people by offering them guidance, support, and encouragement to help cultivate positive and healthy development – many of the same things you do.

MENTOR Illinois Submit Your Mentoring Program

Submit your program

Youth mentoring programs meeting baseline quality standards as outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ will be added to the publicly-searchable referral database. Programs that are not approved for public search due to not meeting baseline standards will remain in the database to inform aggregate data which is used by researchers, policy advocates, and our Affiliates to inform the national conversation about the importance of youth mentoring in the US.