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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To mentor and connect with "at-risk" youth in order for them to be a productive part of society

Programs: Youth mentoring connection (ymc) operates facilitated mentoring programs in partnership with corporate worksites, schools, municipalities, and community agencies throughout los angeles. Our primary focus is to generate innovative new mentoring programs that are site-based and have a group dynamic. We then combine life-skills training with the development of supportive relationships between adults and youth. This currently manifests itself in the following types of programs: - work site mentoring - school site mentoring - youth center programs - school-to-work programs - life skills workshopsin addition, we serve the mentoring community by offering: - program coordination - technical assistance - mentor tips e-mail campaign

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tanya11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar