Best Friends Mentoring Program

Rating: 4.2 stars   5 reviews


PO Box 542 135 W Villard St Dickinson ND 58602 USA


Western Wellness Foundation Inc. was founded in 1995. Today, our mission is making a positive difference in children and families, one at a time. We serve the eight-county region of southwest North Dakota. The Best Friends Mentoring Program is the main program of Western Wellness, which holds the 501(c)3 status for all its programs.


We match a minimum of 175 youth each year with a trained, caring adult volunteer mentor. Our recently-completed external evaluation showed that: 94% of mentored youth in Best Friends Program improved their behavior 90% of mentored youth improved their academic competency 88% improved their social skills 42% demonstrated overall GPA improvement in math and reading, combined

Target demographics:

at-risk youth, ages 6-16, in the 8 county region of southwest North Dakota.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

More than 175 at-risk youth who need extra adult guidance and support to be successful.

Geographic areas served:

8 counties of southwest North Dakota


School-based mentoring: the mentor meets with the mentee at school, usually during the student's lunch time, to eat together and play on the playground or read or have computer time. Community-based mentoring: the mentor and mentee meet together outside of school time to enjoy activities together. Literacy Mentoring: the mentor provides encouragement, support and tutoring to the mentee during the school day.

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Rating: 2 stars  

I have been to the office and know it exists. I have heard of their fundraising events. I have never met a child that has been a part of the program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My son is a mentor to a little boy who had problems making friends in school because he just moved to our town. He was also absent from school quite a bit. My son told me that since he has been visiting his buddy at school over lunch, the boy now has a couple of friends and the teacher said he never misses school on the day when his mentor is coming to see him. They like to play football with my son and he said he feels he is making a difference because his buddy seems happier and he's not getting into so much trouble during recess. The principal told him that just by being himself, my son is a good role model for the little boy, who does not have a positive male role model in his life.

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

Not change a thing! It is efficient and has a great reputation in the community as a quality mentoring service. Thank you!

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