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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Reviews for Best Friends Mentoring Program

Role: Board Member
Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Presently administers matches between about 200 kids and their mentors. Approaches the growing problem of 'at risk' children in a very efficient, comprehensive manner. Has a very good 'brand' within the community.

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

My daughter was a mentor 15 years ago. She still has some contact 15 years later. It does make a positive difference - both for the child and for the mentor. I saw the positive effect on my daughter.

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

Figure out how to make the funding for it stable and predictable - so that more focus could be on the program itself.

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