Who We Are
The Youth Mentoring Network focuses primarily on developing relationships with youth ranging in age from preschool to high school. Each program focuses on a different type of mentoring relationship whether it be through coaching a sports team, various after school programs, or developing a one-on-one relationship with a child.
What We Do
The Arts Mentors Program pairs UVA undergraduates with under-resourced students from local schools to develop mentoring relationships and provide both groups of students with exposure to the arts.
Athletics engages youth in the community through organized sports opportunities. Volunteers serve as coaches for a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, swimming, football, baseball, and Lacrosse.
Big Siblings seeks to develop consistent, long-term, one-on-one relationships of friendship and trust between the volunteer and child. Volunteers are matched with children recommended through local schools or matched through Big Brother Big Sisters.
Bridging the Gap is devoted to developing one-on-one relationships of mentorship and friendship for refugee youth ranging in age from 5 to 15 and from countries including Burma, Congo, Iraq, Liberia, Nepal, Russia, Sierra leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, and Tongo resettled in the local community.
Child Care aims to serve the children in child care facilities in the community by providing additional individual attention as well as facilitating group activities and supporting the teachers.
Youth Mentoring works with youth in structured academic oriented activities. Mentoring relationships develop through activities such as chess, book clubs, computer literacy, or music lessons.