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Holiday Fund: Friends for Youth is in the business of making human connections

Original post made on Nov 19, 2021

Every year, Friends for Youth matches anywhere from 30 to 50 mentors with mentees, asking them to commit to spending time together for at least six months. More than 85% of them do. And some continue on for years.

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Posted by Jon Keeling
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 19, 2021 at 11:12 am

Jon Keeling is a registered user.

Wow! This is great! How is it I'd never heard of this program?

About 6 or 7 years ago, I saw an email asking adults in Palo Alto if they were interested in mentoring Palo Alto high school students. I jumped at it. But I soon discovered that all they wanted was people to help students organize their college applications. Yuck. I respectfully withdrew my offer. I then set out on trying to find a REAL mentoring program in Palo Alto. But for some reason I never came across any info for Friends for Youth! If I had, I definitely would have joined them. I ended up mentoring for "MentorTutorConnection," which works with high school students in Mountain View and Los Altos and does a fantastic job.

After mentoring a couple students through MTC (I still keep in touch with one of them, who is now a student at Foothill and doing great), I started trying to set up a similar program (just the mentoring; not tutoring) in Palo Alto. Unfortunately, nobody was willing to help so after a couple years I finally gave up. And I have continued mentoring many teens through my Karate program.

I am so glad that there is an actual mentoring program in Palo Alto. If I still lived there, I would definitely volunteer. I recommend that anyone with time and interest consider mentoring work. It is very rewarding for all involved.