Mentoring Tucson Youth

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

These organizations are especially looking for 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!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson Community Mentor Become 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 Scoutmaster Be a troop leader or an assistant troop leader. Group Varies
STEM Nova Counselor, Venturing Advisor Facilitate 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 Tutoring Help 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 Mentoring Help 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

Desert Men’s Council

Boys to Men Mentoring Participate in mentoring group circles and 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
Goodwill of Southern Arizona GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring Empower at-risk youth, ages 12-17, through a mentoring relationship that supports positive decision making, school completion, post-secondary education and community connection. Individual •Commit to six hours a month for one year
School-based Mentoring Support middle school youth through a school-based curriculum that facilitates positive decision making, self-empowerment and academic success. Group
Youth On Their Own, Educating Homeless Teens...Investing in Arizona's Future! Homeless Teen Mentoring Mentor a homeless teen through Goodwill’s GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring program. Contact Goodwill and ask to mentor a YOTO teen. Individual •Commit to six hours a month for one year


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