Mentor Program

Program Overview

Allies Mentors are members of our community supporting at-risk youth as they transition into independent adulthood.

Mentors will partner with their youth's case manager to support goal setting and skill development. Together, mentors and mentees participate in group and individual social activities, share their passions and interests, and work toward identifying and strengthening natural supports for youth.

What is a Mentor?

Mentors are community members who choose to dedicate their time to being allies for youth as they transition into adulthood. Mentors empower youth to take the lead in their lives and help them with the how. They use their lived experience and training from A Family for Every Child to help mentees prepare for challenges and problem-solve barriers.
To become a mentor, you must be:
      • 21+ years old
      • a Lane County resident
      • able to pass a background check

Youth We Serve

The Allies Mentor Program serves youth ages 11-24 in Lane County who may typically struggle with finding mentors in their everyday life. Through the Mentor Program, these youth are supported to grow their natural supports and build healthy habits for a healthy adult life.

There are many factors that may cause a youth to be identified as "at risk". These are the markers for eligibility in A Family for Every Child's Mentor Program: 

      • Currently homeless or at risk of houselessness
      • Currently in foster care of aged-out of foster care
      • Currently involved in or at-risk of being involved with the juvenile justice system

This includes:

                  • Having a parent who has been involved with the justice system
                  • Being at or below the 80% HUD area median income level
                  • Dropped out or is at risk of dropping out of school
                  • Comes from a single-parent household

If you are unsure if a youth qualifies for this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Want more information about how you can support youth in our community? We would love to connect. Reach out to the Mentor program today.

Nyx Veliz (they/them)

Alliance Associate Director

Office: (541) 406-7673

Cell: (541) 972-0666