Mentoring Matters Coalition

Through the Mentoring Matters Coalition, United Way NCA aims too enhance the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for young people in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and ensure they have 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.

To accomplish this mission, we will:

  • Increase the number of youth in quality mentoring relationships in our region.
  • Expand the capacity of agencies in the Greater Washington region to provide high-quality mentoring programs.
  • Ensure mentoring organizations are implementing national quality mentoring standards by providing a wealth of nationally-tested resources, training, and technical assistance.
  • Convene local mentoring providers, and promote networking, collaboration and shared learning.
  • Create a regional network of mentoring organizations to address shared challenges and craft collaborative solutions.
  • Advocate for legislation, policies and funding that support the mentoring movement locally, statewide, and nationally.

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.

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:

  • Designation to local mentoring organizations that denotes to donors, volunteers and the families they serve an acknowledgement that their program upholds high-quality program standards.
  • Access to no-cost trainings and technical assistance to mentoring organizations based in the Greater Washington metropolitan region as part of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC).
  • Access to an online platform to provide programs with educational resources and event notifications, as well as for potential volunteers to find appropriate programs.
  • Access to a coalition of organizations committed to raising awareness of the importance of mentoring in the region.

We have a growing list of more than 25 high-quality mentoring programs that we partner with in the region.

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:

  • 826DC
  • Asian American LEAD (AALEAD)
  • BEST Kids
  • BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Program
  • Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Greater Washington
  • Capital Partners for Education
  • Casa Chirilagua
  • City of Rockville Mentoring Program
  • College Bound
  • Community Bridges, Inc.
  • Community of Hope
  • Eyes Wide Open Mentoring Program
  • Fairfax Families 4 Kids
  • For Love of Children
  • Higher Achievement Program
  • Latin American Youth Center – Promotor Pathway
  • Many Mentors
  • Mentoring to Manhood (a program of Community Youth Advance)
  • Mentors, Inc.
  • Reading Partners
  • The Campagna Center
  • The College Success Foundation
  • The Fishing School
  • Year Up National Capital Region
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Washington Youth & Family Services
  • YWCA National Capital Area

The Mentoring Matters Coalition is made possible by the generous support of:

The consistent, enduring presence of a caring adult in a young person’s life can be the difference between staying in school or dropping out, making healthy decisions or engaging in risky behaviors, and realizing one’s potential or failing to achieve one’s dreams. Mentors can make a profound difference in the lives of their mentees — and in turn, strengthen our communities, economy, and country.

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.

Donate to the expansion of our work. To find out how you can sponsor our regional work as MENTOR Greater Washington, please contact Jalisa Whitley at (240) 391-8027 or jwhitley@uwnca.org.

The State of Mentoring Report

To find out more about the national mentoring movement, other research and tools, please visit MENTOR’s website.

MENTORING MATTERS COALITION FAQs

  • What is the Mentoring Matters Coalition?

    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.

  • Why is being a mentor important?

    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.

  • I’m a mentoring organization, how can I become a member of the Mentoring Matters Coalition?

    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.

  • What are the benefits of being a member of the Mentoring Matters Coalition?

    Being a member of the Mentoring Matters Coalition will provide your organization with the following benefits:

    • A “gold-star” designation that denotes to donors, volunteers and the families you serve that your program upholds high-quality program standards.
    • Access to no-cost trainings and technical assistance to mentoring organizations based in the Greater Washington metropolitan region as part of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC).
    • Access to an online platform to provide programs with educational resources and event notifications, as well as for potential volunteers to find appropriate programs.
    • Access to a coalition of organizations committed to raising awareness of the importance of mentoring in the region.
  • Why are you transitioning from the Mentoring Matters Coalition to MENTOR Greater Washington?

    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.