MentorPrize recruits mentors for its “Program Partners,” non-profit groups committed to supporting the Greater Washington, D.C. area communities through their mentoring programs. Below is a list of our Program Partners. When selecting a Program Partner, MentorPrize considers the stability and mission of the group, as well as its adherence to mentoring best practices. While the mentors recruited by our organization complete our preliminary application, our Program Partners are responsible for conducting a more thorough vetting of each potential mentor and ultimately matching the candidates with mentees.
If your group is interested in becoming a MentorPrize Program Partner, please complete our application form either by downloading it and mailing it to PO Box 5945, Bethesda, MD 20824 or by filling it out online.
AALEAD (D.C., MD, VA) helps low-income Asian Pacific American students navigate their way through school or community college by empowering the students to succeed academically, develop their identity, and seek leadership opportunities.
BeFriend-A-Child (VA) mentors provide companionship, support and guidance to children ages 5-12 in the Fairfax County Community who are at risk of abuse and neglect. Mentors (with strong parental involvement) help these children become more confident, have a healthy and positive outlet, and develop resiliency against life’s adverse experiences.
BEST Kids, Inc. (D.C., MD, VA) pairs foster care youth — ages 6 to 21 — with a reliable adult who can support their social and economic wellness, encourage their commitment to education and develop their independent living skills while steering them away from risky behaviors.
BUILD (D.C.) recruits mentors to work with budding student entrepreneurs in under-served communities. Mentoring is done in group settings at select D.C. high schools, with mentors helping students launch business plans and sharpen their problem-solving skills. The goal is to inspire students to graduate from high school and attain college degrees.
Community Bridges (MD) caters to high school girls from low-income and immigrant families in Montgomery County by matching them with female mentors who can help prepare them for college, offer career advice and provide emotional support.
Community Family Life Services (D.C.) aims to help low-income women — many of whom live in transitional housing with their children — stabilize their lives by matching them with mentors who can help them gain access to housing, emergency services and employment opportunities.
Community Youth Advance (MD) is dedicated to advancing the academic, social and career opportunities of boys and girls in grades 6-12 by providing them with mentorship opportunities, as well as academic enrichment, college prep assistance and access to career training.
CONNECT (D.C., MD, VA) is a mentoring program of the Barker Adoption Foundation designed to pair adult mentors who have an adoption or foster care history with youth recently placed for adoption. The goal is to provide adoptees with a meaningful source of support and understanding as they adjust to being part of a new family under the Foundation’s Project Wait No Longer.
DC College Access Program (D.C.) partners with the District of Columbia public and public charter school systems to offer a program that prepares minority males in select high schools for the college experience. Mentoring is a key part of that program, and much of the mentoring takes place online through a DC-CAP portal. DC-CAP seeks male mentors only.
Empowered Women International (MD, VA) creates jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for immigrant, refugee, low-income and at-risk women by matching them with mentors who can help teach them about entrepreneurship and business support services.
Future Link (MD) relies heavily on mentors to provide academic and career support to Montgomery County youth ages 17 to 25 with the goal of helping them develop self-advocacy skills and find a pathway towards a sustainable future.
Generation Hope (D.C., MD, VA) seeks mentors willing to commit their time and money to helping a teen mother or father graduate from college. A mentor provides an academically promising teen parent with either $1,200 annually for community college or $2,400 annually for a four-year college.
Higher Achievement (D.C., VA) provides a rigorous year-round learning environment for middle school students during their middle school years. Once a week after school, mentors instruct a small group of 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th graders in a core academic subject or help them with their homework.
Latino Student Fund (D.C.) seeks mentors to help Latino males succeed in high school, graduate and continue on a college bound path. LSF also seeks mentors to work with underserved PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership.
Mentors, Inc. (D.C.) provides mentoring support to public and charter high school students in Washington, D.C. to improve graduation rates, increase college enrollment and assist with personal and career development.
Reading Partners (D.C.) seeks mentors who are eager to help elementary school students in a dozen Washington, D.C. schools master fundamental reading skills. The mentors work one-on-one with students at least once a week for 45 minutes, providing them with the support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.
Space of Her Own, Inc. (VA) matches adult mentors with vulnerable preteen girls. Through hands-on learning, the girls develop practical visual arts, carpentry and design skills. Along the way, they gain confidence and develop collaborative relationships. The first year of the program serves 5th graders and culminates in a bedroom makeover, giving each girl a personalized space of her own.
StreetWise Partners (D.C.) seeks mentors for individuals from underserved communities who are trying to secure a job and launch a career. Each mentee is matched with two mentors, both professionals, who will provide coaching and guidance on the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and gain economic stability.
Teens Run DC (D.C.) promotes the physical, social and emotional well-being of underserved youth through a mentoring and distance running program. The youth participate in running and life skills training each week and receive the support of an individual mentor along the way.
Wright to Read (VA) offers literacy tutoring and one-on-one mentoring to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a comprehensive support network for each child.
Year Up (D.C., MD, VA) offers an intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with professional skills development, coursework eligible for college credit and corporate internships. Mentors to Year Up students help these students navigate new experiences, shape their careers and reach their personal goals as part of the broader training curriculum.
Youth for Tomorrow (VA) houses, educates and provides a full continuum of social services for girls and boys on its sprawling Bristow, Virginia campus. The program, founded by Joe Gibbs, offers multiple mentoring opportunities. One-on-one mentoring allows mentors and mentees to go on outings as a group or work individually with a youth. The Moving On Mentoring program also transitions youth who age out of the program to families in the community or to an independent living opportunity. Therapeutic mentoring is a paid opportunity whereby a skilled mentor works with a youth who has experienced a great deal of trauma.
YMCA Youth and Family Services (MD) collaborates with Montgomery County Child Welfare, Juvenile Services, MCPS, and the Circuit Court to offer Youth Links. Youth Links matches adult mentors with children ages 5 to 15 in the Montgomery County Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems.