Mentoring Matters | United Way of Greater Greensboro



With a couple hours a week and a caring heart, you too can be a mentor.  Right now, there are children in our community waiting for someone like you to listen, guide and share with them your life experience. The need is great and the time to be involved is now.

Become a mentor today

Mentors help keep students in school, improve self-esteem, and set career goals and take steps to realize them.

Students who meet regular with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school. About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.

Learn more about the value of mentoring.
* Outcomes provided by National Mentoring Partnership.

 If you operate a mentoring program, join Mentoring Matters!

United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Mentoring Matters initiative seeks to increase the number of mentors and improve the effectiveness of mentoring programs in the Greater Greensboro area.

By establishing a “Hub for Excellence”, mentoring programs in our community work together to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for youth. The Hub also identifies and encourage the use of common measures that are proven to support mentoring best practices.

For more information about Mentoring Matters, contact: Traci McLemore, Senior Manager, United Way Community Impact Intiatives336-378-6616

Mentoring Programs in Greater Greensboro

Looking for a mentoring program for your child or want to become a mentor? Check out programs available below.

Program NameRankingProgram DescriptionWho is ServedAge
1-2-1 Mentoring, Inc.Mentors and mentees meet weekly to boost self-esteem through fun activities together and helping mentees discover their individual purposeBoys/Girls5-17
African American Male Initiative (AAMI)PartnerTo improve the emotional and social well-being of African-American and other boys at Wiley, Jackson and Smith using mentoring as a powerful and personal tool to enhance the lives of youthBoys7-14
B12Affiliatedevelop Godly masculine character in young males through a guided process of instruction, development and graduated levels of achievement leading to a demonstrated understanding and acceptance of their role as young menBoys6-14
Against All Odds, Break the Chain FoundationAims to decrease gang involvement and delinquent behaviorsBoys6-18
Beauty Within, Inc.AffiliateFree mentoring program with the mission to uplift and inspire girls in the community by building confidence, leadership, and sisterhoodGirls5-18
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central PiedmontPartnerProvide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the betterBoys/Girls6-13
Brothers Excelling with Self-sufficiency to Thrive (BEST)AffiliateBEST's vision and goal is to become a catalyst for change, using formal mentoring, that mobilizes young men to initiate a chain reaction within their families and communities that enables each one who is touched to "infect" another with positive energy that strengthens, builds and stabilizes individuals, families, communities, and ultimately societyBoys14-24
Brothers Organized To Serve Others, Inc. (BOTSO)AffiliateDedicated to empowering male youth by exposing them to intensive programs of mentoring, academic advising, character building education, arts and cultureBoys6-18
Build Something Mentor ProgramAffiliateMentors also provide guidance on education and career goals, money management, career development, eitquette, leadership development, and strong family values.Boys/Girls9-18
Changing FacesPartnerServes youth that have been involved in the Juvenile Justice Court System and have other risk factors preventing them in reaching their full potentialBoys/Girls10-17
Crossroads: Pathways to Success, Inc.Develop young adults into productive leaders of our community through academic, self development and empowerment tools to create college ready studentsBoys13-18
Empowered Girls of North CarolinaFoster a commitment to young girls that will promote pro-social friendships, interpersonal skills, academics and leadership skillsGirls6-18
FIRST LEGO League Jr.AffiliateSchool-based program at Cone Elementary, that exposes children to the fun and excitement of engineering and computer scienceBoys/Girls7-8
FIRST Robotics CompetitionAffiliateTo inspire the next generation of engineers, computer scientists and STEM leaders. eams work together to create a business plan, build a robot and participate in outreach events to spread the message that STEM is fun.Boys/Girls14-18
Foster Grandparents ProgramPartnerMatches senior adults age 55 and over with children and youth. The seniors serve as role models and mentors for children in childcare centers, elementary schools and after-school programsBoys/Girls
Girl Scouts, Peaks to PiedmontGirl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better placeGirls 5-18
Groove Leadership Academy (GLA)AffiliateInspire's young males to develop high academic standards, discipline, high self-esteem, leadership qualities and valuable community service experience that will help shape the rest of their livesBoys14-18
Guilford Park GuysAffiliateThe program is for male in 8th to 12th grade that live at Partnership Village or Pathways Center or neighborhood close by. PV is transitional housing and Pathways is emergency shelter for homeless families . We gather at Guilford Park Church on Thursday evenings for prayer, basketball, sharing, meals and other activities such as going on outingsBoys13-18
IMPACTPartnerImpact is a program that places a strong emphasis on renewing the mind through a structured program of individual and group mentoring activities. Impact provides a strong support system for youth and their familiesBoys/Girls9-18
Operation XCELProvides early prevention and intervention through mentoring in middle schoolBoys/Girls11-13
SHIELD Mentor ProgramPartnerFull range mentoring programs and services, providing the skills for success in leadership developmentBoys/Girls9-18
Success 101 Mentors, Grimsley High SchoolSuccess 101 students work to recover previously failed courses, and also maintain passing grades for their current academic courses.Boys/Girls14-18
Successfully Over the Odds (SOTO)Provides resources and tolls to enhance skills, abilities and knowledge to be an effective leaderBoys/Girls11-17
Teen Parent Mentor ProgramPartnerhelps teen mothers succeed in school, postpone subsequent births to beyond adolescence, and deliver and raise healthy, school-ready childrenBoys/Girls13-19
YMCA AchieversPartnerPromotes and encourages youth to further their education at post-secondary colleges and technical schoolsBoys/Girls13-18