Youth Mentor Program

Do You Want to Make a Difference and Be a Mentor?

Join the YWCA Youth Mentor Program! Volunteers provide support and guidance to local middle school students, forming a strong, lasting friendship.  All it takes to be a mentor is a desire to make a difference in a young student’s life. Mentors are encouraged to share their passions with their mentees, whether it’s music, cooking, or sports. The YMP offers plenty of flexibility, as mentors can establish with their mentees where and when to meet. In addition to individual hangouts, we also have exciting group events, including ice-skating and seeing the Oakland Athletics play!

The Youth Mentor Program brings together UC Berkeley students with Berkeley and Oakland middle school students in one-on-one relationships for an academic year. Through these rewarding relationships, as well as recreational and group activities, mentors provide friendship, support, and guidance to local youth with diverse backgrounds. Mentors and their mentees meet on their own for approximately 2-3 hours per week and participate in activities that they both enjoy. Through this program, one can expect to make a lasting impact and a close friend.  Apply now!

What Participants are Saying about the Program

“It was fun to be with my mentor, and I enjoyed every activity we did at the Y.” – Berkeley middle school student

“I have learned so much about another culture by becoming friends with my match. He teaches me so much about the world and myself.” – UC Berkeley student

“It’s great to get away from the college world for a while and just play a game of basketball with my new friend.” – UC Berkeley student

For more information or an application stop by the YWCA Office.  You can also download the application here.  By phone at (510) 848-6370 or email to