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Mentoring develops bond through new experiences

October 8, 2010

Tory, left, enjoys a recent lunch with Ann, her mentor.

Developing new interests. Teaching each other.

Seeing the world through a teenager’s eyes. Achieving an understanding. Those are only a few things a mentor and mentee may learn.

Ann and Tory meet regularly for lunch and trips to the library.

Ann, Tory’s mentor, shows her new things to expand her interests.

Become a Mentor
If you can commit at least six hours a month to a child, you have the time to be a mentor. To become a mentor, visit

Mentors are needed throughout the state, especially in East Tennessee.

Since 1997, Youth Villages has offered formal mentoring programs to link our children with committed volunteer mentors in Tennessee. Since 2007, Youth Villages partnered with the state to operate the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative.

“I am amazed each time I see Tory how upbeat and positive she is,” Ann said. “She’s confronted by a lot of change and she remains open to trying new things. She’s helped me to understand and view the world through a teenager’s eyes.”

Mentors are more than friends to our children.

They are often the first positive adult role model children have ever had. Mentors can make a powerful, positive difference in the lives of children who have emotional and behavioral problems.

Studies show that children who have just one consistent, caring adult in their lives are less likely to drop out of school, have fewer run-ins with the law and build better relationships with their own families.

“Having a mentor is a great thing,” Tory said. “Every time my mentor and I meet, we go to the library. We teach each other a lot of things.”

“It’s neat to see her develop new interests,” Ann said.

“We have so much in common. I look forward to our visits because we both get so much out of them.”

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