Today, twenty-five percent of children live with a single parent, and over one-half of children will live with only one parent before they are eighteen years old (Tierney, Grossman). Together Lives Change believe that Youth mentoring works best when goals focus on developing trusting relationships with peers and adults.

Mentor Role:

• Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship
• Serve as a loyal friend, confidant, and advisor
• Be a teacher, guide, coach, and role model
• Give what you know with no expectation of reciprocation or remuneration
• Strive for mutual respect
• Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
• Help the mentee develop and accomplish goals and increase self-esteem
• Recognize the strengths of the mentee to aid him in flourishing personally