To accomplish this mission, we will:
The Coalition plays a critical role by connecting mentoring programs to the research, mentors, partners, and resources they need to provide the most effective mentoring programs possible for the children and youth in their communities.
In 2018, we will expand our impact and reach by becoming MENTOR Greater Washington, a regional affiliate of MENTOR, the national mentoring partnership. MENTOR affiliates serve a unique role as a clearinghouse for training, resources, awareness, and advocacy, providing the critical link between MENTOR’s national efforts and local organizations and programs that foster and support quality mentoring relationships.
As an affiliate of MENTOR, we will provide added value to local mentoring organizations by providing the following resources and tools including:
Our partners work with a variety of students from elementary school up through high school and college. They work with some of our most vulnerable (and also most promising) children including foster children and students who are experiencing child abuse and neglect at home. They work with diverse students from a variety of backgrounds including Black, Hispanic, and Asian American students. Mentors can do a variety of tasks from helping children read on grade level to preparing students for college and careers. The diversity of our members provides various opportunities for community members in our region to make an impact.
Our current partners include:
The Mentoring Matters Coalition is made possible by the generous support of:
Serve as a mentor – you can use our Mentoring Matters online search tool to connect with local organizations serving youth from elementary school through to high school and college.
Raise awareness of the importance of mentoring by sharing our work with friends, family and colleagues.
The Mentoring Matters Coalition is a collaboration between Deloitte, United Way of the National Capital Area, and over 25 nonprofit mentoring organizations working with Washington, D.C. metropolitan area youth. The Coalition plays a critical role by connecting mentoring programs to the research, mentors, partners, and resources they need to provide the most effective mentoring programs possible for the children and youth in their communities.
Our mission is to enhance the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for young people in the National Capital Area and to ensure every young person in the Washington, DC metropolitan area has the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive and engaged adults. Core to our collective work is the fundamental belief that every young person in our region should receive the supports they need and deserve to succeed— including consistent and caring relationships with adults.
Our 2015 State of Mentoring report showed that a whooping 70% percent of organizations in our community do not have enough mentors to effectively provide quality mentoring services to young people.
Mentoring truly does matter. Young adults with mentors are 16% more likely to enroll in college than those without mentors. Mentors help with schoolwork; they talk through problems; they are just there. Mentors model positive behavior; they offer encouragement. They build young people’s confidence, boost morale and increase their self-esteem.
Joining the Mentoring Matters Coalition is free and simple. The first step to joining our work is filling out an application. A member of our staff will then review your application and contact you within 14 business days.
Being a member of the Mentoring Matters Coalition will provide your organization with the following benefits:
Becoming a local affiliate of MENTOR, the National Mentoring partnership will provide our members with access to free nationally-tested resources, quality standards and technical assistance. Furthermore, we’ll have a direct link to the important national movement to increase the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for our youth.