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Our Vision

All youth have agency and power at home, school, community and in the workplace.

Our Mission

Fuel the quality and quantity of equitable and inclusive developmental relationships for Minnesota's young people by building and elevating the capacity of programs, systems and policies.

What We Do

MENTOR Minnesota supports and collaborates with more than 200 mentor programs that serve approximately 130,000 youth of all ages (primarily 8-18) in mentoring relationships across Minnesota. 

1. Assess quality and support continuous improvement efforts.

2. Identify, collect and synthesize research and best practices.

3. Share tools, knowledge, and best practices from mentoring and youth development practitioners and researchers.

4. Develop and enhance capacity within mentoring programs, systems and infrastructures.

5. Provide policy platform/advocacy alignment with all youth development community partners.

6. Enlist broader community and funding support for mentoring programs.

Why We Do What We Do

Mentoring works! Young people who have mentors have a better chance of succeeding and are more likely to make positive choices. Yet, in Minnesota, there are an estimated 250,000 young people who need and could benefit from an adult mentor.

Our Guiding Principles

We are leaders through service: We are eager to activate our skills, our talents, our network and our time and resources to empower others.

We are transparent and responsive: We value candor and authenticity, we listen, and we always honor our commitments.

We are community-led: We believe that anything created without community is not for community.

We work smart and value data: We are resourceful stewards of the resources to which we are entrusted and leverage evidence-based practices to further our work.

We hold that equity and inclusion are the foundation of healthy and vibrant communities: We are fiercely anti-racist and passionately pro-LGBTQ. We are proactive and will not be silent in the face of injustice.

Pillars of Work

Engaging local leadership


Convene, connect and support the field to enhance mentoring

Elevating Quality


Support capacity building and quality of programs by activating, leveraging and disseminating evidence based research to promote best practices in mentoring

Influencing systems


Advocate for and foster shared youth power across a range of environments (school, work, community, etc)

Expanding the movement


Scale the impact of mentoring by leveraging positive outcomes and the transformative impact of mentoring relationships

2021 Strategic Goals

Hire Programmatic Leader

Provide additional support in creating and delivering training based on research. This hire will support and host program convenings and oversee consultant work, which will create paid opportunities for BIPOC leaders in the mentoring/youth development fields.

Build membership model


Create infrastructure to support expansion, data collection, potential

pass-through funding, and organic opportunities for connection among professionals.

Feedback loop

Develop and implement statewide mentoring survey


State evaluation would allow MMN to speak to the state of mentoring and allow programs in network to better describe their mentoring landscape and impact

Diversify and empower MMN Board of Directors


Build out our Board of Directors and future youth council with support of Program Services Council to provide equal opportunity for youth leadership and learning/participation in process of sharing youth power

Make an Impact on the Mentoring Movement

MENTOR Minnesota is dedicated to quality mentoring experiences for all young people. Yet, 1 in 3 young people still need and could benefit from a caring adult mentor. Your gift helps us close that mentoring gap. Donate today.