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Cross-Aged Mentoring


Friday Night Live (FNL) Mentoring provides opportunities for young people to be in ongoing, mutually beneficial, caring relationships which strengthen a young person's resiliency to the challenges they face in life.

Why Mentoring?

Research shows that mentoring can have a positive impact on the lives of young people, including significant reductions in school absenteeism, better school attitudes and behaviors, reduction in drug and alcohol use and less likelihood of committing crimes. Mentoring relationships positively change the lives of the youth involved!

A mentor is someone who, in addition to parents/guardians, provides a young person with guidance, support, friendship, counsel, and acts as a positive role model. A mentor is wise, a trusted friend, someone who cares, is reliable and helps a mentee set and achieve goals.

  • 98% of youth matched with mentors stayed in school
  • 98% of youth matched with mentors did not become a teen parent
  • 98% of youth matched with mentors avoided gang participation
  • 85% of youth matched with mentors did not use drugs
FNL Mentoring

  • Introduce youth to concept of volunteerism
  • Encourage youth to develop programs that are fun and meaningful
  • Promote messages through shared experiences
  • Encourage peer-oriented programming (youth driven/youth led)
  • Develops skills, including communication, teamwork and active listening
  • Encourage and empower youth as active leaders and community resources
  • Have broad appeal to diverse ethnic, racial and social groups
  • Encourage youth to engage in mutually beneficial relationships with peers and younger students
FNL Mentoring

Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator
(707) 646-7602

Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager
(707) 646-7608