mentors for youth

One-on-One Youth Mentoring Program

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.

Interested? Contact Patty Nicolari at 203-786-6403, extension 117 or email her at

Program goals

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.

Core Values & Vision

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.

Program Highlights

  • Mentors and mentees are matched based on common personalities, interests, career aspirations, and geographic location.
  • Mentee and mentor establish goals together.
  • CCP 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.