Youth Mentoring Connection

Rating: 4.93 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Education

Location: 1818 S Western Avenue Suite 505 Los Angeles CA 90006 USA

Mission: Youth Mentoring Connection awakens at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that ?match? within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood. We further seek to awaken society to the needs, promise and value of this overlooked population. Our Vision is of a community where young people are truly seen and not just watched, where society understands and accepts its responsibility in meeting the needs of all young people, and where young people bring their gifts back into their communities as productive members of society.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with Youth Mentoring Connection last year and it has been an amazing experience. The staff is reliable, fun and very genuine about what they do. The non-profit is one of the most organized non-profits I have ever worked with and the impact to the kids is really visible.

They are just wonderful, and I encourage anyone interested in youth development to get involved with the organization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not applicable. I love the organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I started working with the YMC three years ago through my company. I must tell you that Tony who runs the program is absolutely fantastic. They match youths in need to mentors who are looking to give back and make a difference in the world. This program has allowed me to fulfill that dream. The sessions are heart felt and we develop a real connection to the youth we work with. For anyone looking to make a contribution beyond your regular day job I highly recommend this group. Thank you YMC for helping me to find an avenue to make a difference in the world!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

YMC continues to make a positive impact in the community. Mentoring works!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering as a mentor with Youth Mentoring Connection 3 years ago. My mentee and I still have a great relationship. YMC has an incredible track record keeping at-risk youth in school and productive. They have over 96% high school graduation rate, compared to less than 50% for the LA USD, and have ended 3 gangs! They create such amazing relationships between mentors and mentees, and among all participants. YMC's unique programs bring mentees to the work place, making it easy for people to be mentors and make a difference right where they work. It also creates relationships among the mentors, thereby creating greater connection among co-workers and increased job satisfaction. The program changes two lives...both the mentee AND the mentor and I am forever grateful for my experience.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them an endowment so they can hire professional development and fund raising team and expand their operations nationwide. The organization and its programs are amazing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

YMC continues to serve the underserved with integrity and devotion. They bring the urban youth of LA into a circle of guidance and love that cannot be gotten anywhere else, changing and saving lives.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with YMC for many years and their commitment to LA's underserved youth is consistently breathtaking. This organization changes and saves lives, taking the hands of many forgotten youth and leading them to higher ground, to the discovery of their own unique voice and path. They surround youth from troubled homes and neighborhoods in a circle of love that cannot be found ANY where else.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of the youth they serve. YMC changes and saves lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them find a way to expand their services, establish a permanent teen center, and serve more young people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the program as a mentor from 2010-2011. I recently had to stop mentoring because my schedule changed. As I get to look back...I noticed that not only my mentee(a 12 year old teenager matched with me) has changed throughout the program but also myself. Thanks to the group and one-on-one meetings I have noticed the importance of being present, of showing up for what really matters, of enjoying the simplest things in life such as nature and the sun. I have gained motivation for my own life by showing ongoing support for my mentee. The match was also great, I was able to see the problems that my mentee had in my own childhood/adolescent period. I thank Youth Mentoring Connection for keeping up with the amazing work that they do and I invite you to join as a mentor, you won't regret it :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I got motivated to take risks in my life, I applied to grad school, got accepted and I am currently in the middle of my program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the organization to the San fernando valley, Ventura county and more

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined YMC in October 2009 and was paired with a great 6th grader, who a year and half later, I'm still mentoring. This program is both rewarding and eye-opening. Stepping away from my busy work life to appreciate the simpler things in life has been inspiring to me and others. It's also a great time be a kid again and experience all that Los Angeles has to offer outside of our neighborhood.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen growth in my mentee, who is extremely shy and soft spoken. The first time he spoke up about something new he'd like to do, I knew I was making progress!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I can think of at this time.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Mentoring Connection provides us the opportunity to connect with underserved youth from local Los Angeles neighborhoods.

For us, the adults, YMC provide the support that allows these mentoring relationships to grow. It is especially rewarding that mentor and mentee couples can continue to build on their relationship from year to year and the adults can follow through and support their mentee as they tackle the challenges of college and beyond.

Youth Mentoring Connection makes it all happen, providing a consistent support structure that many of these kids have not experienced before.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We are challenged to open up and share in the same way that the kids are, and I have personally learned at least as much as the "mentees" from our group and one-on-one sessions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make "Urban Oasis" happen for the kids.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

Youth Mentoring Org is a wonderful group with a dynamic leader, encouraging at-risk youth to stay in school and introducing them to the corporate world of business in a fun and stimulating way. Mentors work with "mentees" both a one-on-one and in group sessions filled with enthusiasm and thought-provoking exercises. I recommend this group highly.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my bi-weekly sessions with the youth at my work setting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

just keep up the great work.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I became a volunteer with YMC in 2010 and couldn't be happier with the program they organize.

The organization is very supportive of both the young adults and volunteers in the program and while many serious things are discussed, there is always a sense of caring and joy about the program and all the organizers in the program.

I personally have learned a lot more about myself during the program and I truly appreciate the time and effort the organization puts in especially by ferrying our young mentees to our work place every other week.

And my young mentee and I have developed a strong relationship and I've seen her grow a lot in the year we've been hanging out - a lot of which is down to the support from all the organizers in the program encouraging these adults to always do better.

I recommend this organization to all my colleagues.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's so easy with our busy lives to be self-centered and not give back but it's so rewarding to see the great big smiles on all these young people's faces each time I see them. I've even expanded my time with my mentee by trying to meet on weekends and now I get hugs from her young sisters every time I stop by - this is beyond precious to me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing except try to get help for them financially so that they can help more and more young people of LA.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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