Caring Mentors

Caring Mentors

More than 400,000 trained staff and volunteers guide young people to reach their full potential.

“I think of Larry [my Club mentor] and how much he took me under his wing and showed us what it was to be a performer. And it was one of the best times in my life. It’s never something that’s going to get old… nurturing children, helping them dream or giving them self-esteem or giving them a sense of community. It’s something that we’re always going to need, and it’s just as important now as ever. ”

~ Jennifer Lopez
National Spokesperson and Boys & Girls Club Alum

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Stepping Into the Light

For Zuno, mentors at the Boys & Girls Club helped put him on the right path.

Mentorship Matters

While an estimated 16 million youth (more than one in three) will grow up without an adult mentor, the impact of mentorship is clear:

“Children thrive when surrounded by safe, nurturant, and sustained adult relationships. After school programs are ideal places to nurture youth, because of the long-term relationships possible in these settings. Boys & Girls Clubs can enter a young person’s life in kindergarten and offer these nurturant relationships throughout the normal ups and downs of development while serving as a critical buffering force against stressors outside its walls. High quality relationships matter to all youth, but programs like Boys & Girls Clubs that serve youth most deserving of focused attention can make a profound difference in shaping a generation poised to lead us into the future”

- Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed - Author of “Building Resilience in Children and Teens,” and Editor of “Reaching Teens: Strength-based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development,” both published by The American Academy of Pediatrics

Making An Impact

Learn how having the right mentor at Boys & Girls Clubs of Truckee Meadows in Reno, NV helped two Club members with self-esteem and self-expression.

Courtney B. Vance reflects on how the Boys & Girls Club saved his life and taught him that out-of-school time – summers and after-school – is just as important as going back-to-school.

Jordan’s work day doesn’t end after he leaves Charles Schwab. Read about how his work as a volunteer mentor.

Mentoring programs are a central feature at many Boys & Girls Clubs in Native Lands across the country.

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Learn how the Club helped create a sense of belonging for Ryan, who comes from a military family.