Mentor Tucson Youth

A caring adult can make all the difference in a young person’s life.

These organizations have mentoring programs.

Especially needed are men of color to mentor boys of color. Can you help?





All organizations require background checks, as well as attendance at volunteer training. The time until mentors are placed with mentees can vary. Please be patient—Tucson youth are counting on you!
Arizona's Children Association Thrive MentorHelp a teen/young adult preparing to age out of foster care to become self-sufficient. Individual •At least 21 years of age
•At least 1 year working with teens
•Able to acquire a level one fingerprint clearance card
•Two-year commitment
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona logo Community MentorBecome a Big Brother or Big Sister. “Bigs” and “Littles” spend 2-3 hours together 2-3 times a month having fun in and around Tucson. Individual •At least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license
•Have graduated high school or obtained a GED
•Own your own car and have current insurance
Mentor 2.0Help high school students aspire to college, navigate the application process and gain the skills to succeed academically. Mentors follow up online with students who attend weekly classes in critical thinking, goal-setting and self-advocacy. Individual •At least 21 years of age with at least 2 years of college
•Contact students weekly and attend school events monthly
Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council Cubmaster, Den Leader or ScoutmasterBe a troop leader or an assistant troop leader. Group Varies
STEM Nova Counselor, Venturing AdvisorFacilitate STEM activities, outdoor adventures and more for young men and women ages 14-21. Group Varies
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Homework Help/One-on-One TutoringHelp with homework after school at a Boys & Girls Club location. Individual •Comfortable teaching elementary education subjects to youth from diverse backgrounds
•Commit to one day a week for a semester
Youth MentoringHelp youth ages 7-18 reach their full potential by mentoring them at one of six club locations around Tucson. Individual or Group •Short-term or longer-term options available
•Mentors receive training and ongoing support
CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)Advocate for a child who has been removed from the home due to abandonment, abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers build relationships with their assigned child and advocate for everything that’s in the child’s best interest. Individual •At least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license
•Pass DPS and FBI background checks, as well as polygraph
•Write reports and attend and speak in court
•Long-term commitment

Christian Family Care logo

Mentor ProgramChristian mentors work with youth in foster care to promote permanent, healthy relationships. Individual •At least 18 years of age
•Have a Level I fingerprint clearance card
•Own your own car and have current insurance
•Commit to four hours a month for one year

Desert Men’s Council

Boys to Men MentoringParticipate in mentoring group circles at high schools and middle schools and help lead adventure outings. Group •At least 18 years of age
•No criminal history
•No recent treatment for mental illness or substance abuse
•Commit to 8 hours a month during the school year; one-year commitment
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Girl Scout MentorGuide girls through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Let us know what you’re passionate about—we can design a mentorship tailored to your skills, strengths and interests! Individual or Group •At least 18 years of age
•Willing to join as a member of Girl Scouts
Troop Leader or Co-LeaderFoster a girl-led, girl-focused leadership experience that empowers girls ages 5-17 in a safe and encouraging environment. Group
Goodwill of Southern Arizona GoodGuides® Youth MentoringEmpower at-risk youth, ages 12-17, through a mentoring relationship that supports positive decision making, school completion, post-secondary education and community connection. Individual •At least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license
•Own your own car and have current insurance
•Commit to six hours a month for one year
School-based MentoringSupport middle school youth through a school-based curriculum that facilitates positive decision making, self-empowerment and academic success. Group
Leadership Institute Leadership Institute MentoringHelp 7th and 8th grade students gain skills that will help them academically and in the workplace, and share what’s involved in preparing for various career options available in Tucson. Group •At least 5 years experience in a challenging career field
•Commit to 15-20 hours a year for one year
Christian Youth MentoringFaith-based program serving at-risk youth with a focus on community service and academic and spiritual growth. Individual •At least 18 years of age
•Commit to three hours a week for one year
Youth MentoringWith staff support, mentors and mentees do community service, work on academic goals and develop emotional maturity. Individual •At least 18 years of age
•Commit to three hours a week for one year