The One on One Mentoring Program provides a volunteer mentor for youth who are involved with either the Department of Children and Families or Court Support Services Division. The Children’s Community Programs of CT, Inc. recruits, screens, approves, and trains prospective mentors to become volunteers with our agency. Once approved the mentor is then matched with a youth for at least one year. 

Patricia Nicolari

Program Director

(203) 786-6403 ext. 117


The One on One Mentoring Program provides a youth with a volunteer mentor in order to increase the chances for the youth to be more successful in life. 


Every youth matched with a mentor will have the opportunity to work on academic goals, career navigation opportunities, socialization, and support in life’s challenges. Exposing youth to new situations and providing a one on one support system for at least one year will impact youth in a positive way and reduce court involvement and support families in their goal of raising successful children. 


  • Mentors and mentees are matched based on common personalities, interests, career aspirations, and geographic location.

  • Mentee and mentor establish goals together.

  • The CCP of CT provides quarterly socialization opportunities as a large group for mentors and mentees to network and make connections/friends.

  • Mentors volunteer for one year for 4 hours a month with a youth. It can go beyond a year if both agree to continue.

  • Referrals are made by DCF social workers or CSSD probation officers.

  • Mentors must be at least 21, have access to a car, have a driver’s license, pass a background check, participate in a 2 to 3-hour training, and commit to at least one year with a youth.

  • Although a mentor is volunteering, the group activities are free for both mentor and mentee, and periodic gift cards are offered as an incentive.

  • Youth who become involved with the mentoring program may join, for free, a boxing program. Mentors may also accompany their mentee for free.


Use this form to contact staff in the One to One Mentoring program only.


If you would like to contact someone in a different program, please visit that program's page or our Staff List.

The Children's Community Programs of Connecticut

446A Blake Street

Suite 100

New Haven, CT 06515


phone: (203) 786-6403

fax: (203) 786-6408