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Mentoring Programs for Children of Single Parents

How to Find a Caring Mentor for Your Child


Mentoring programs offer children a reliable, safe way to develop a significant relationship with a caring adult. If you're looking to enroll your child in a mentoring program, know that there are a variety of options available to you:

National Mentoring Programs

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Consider enrolling your child in a national mentoring program, such as:

Local Mentoring Programs

Many states offer their own local mentoring programs, as well. To find a youth mentoring program in your area, visit:
  • Mentoring.org: Sponsored by the organization Mentor, this web site provides a comprehensive, state-by-state listing of mentoring organizations.

Organic Mentoring

Is there a friend, aunt or uncle who has already made a positive impact on your child's life? If so, consider asking him or her to formally mentor your child. Together, come up with a list of general expectations, such as how often the mentor will meet with your child, and what kinds of activities they will engage in together.

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