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Want to Be a Mentor in Memphis?

Are you considering investing in the lives of others as a Mentor in Memphis? For a young person in this city, you’ve got just enough insight to share, words of encouragement to speak, and care to give. 

Here are 6 ways to become a Mentor in Memphis:

A young boy holding up a sign that says proud tenten during Summer Service Opportunities in Memphis.

The Grizzlies Foundation delivers critical resources to encourage and enable youth mentorship in Memphis, providing funding and technical support for thousands of mentors and mentees around the city.

In partnership with local organizations and institutions like New Ballet Ensemble, Streets Ministries, and LITE Memphis, there is a variety of opportunities to invest your time towards tending to the success of the next generation.

Two young boys in Memphis posing for a photo in a gymnasium with their mentor.

Close your eyes, and try to remember everything you went through during high school. Now, imagine what it would have been like if you’d had a mentor to help you navigate it all—the highs and lows of developing new relationships, the prep for college and career readiness, the search for the perfect prom fit, etc.

Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Amplify Mentor Program pairs caring adults with budding high school students to conquer all of the above, and more. There are both in-person and virtual mentoring opportunities available for you to make you mark on a young Memphian’s journey.

Sign up to be a MAM Mentor here

A group of boys engaged in a video game session in a classroom during summer.

There are so many pathways to success, and you could help a middle or high school student determine what theirs looks like through the Streets Ministries “Pathways” Program. They have mentees who are eagerly waiting to be paired with mentors that will dedicate one hour per week to provide guidance, emotional support, motivation, and more.

A group of girls posing for a photo in a classroom with their mentor in Memphis.

We’d be willing to bet many of us wouldn’t be where we are today without all the loving ladies who’ve invested time in our growth throughout the years. Why not pay it forward and give the gift of good leadership to a young, local lady?

For over 70 years, Girls, Inc. has provided quality programming for girls in Memphis and the Mid-South that empowers and inspires them to be “strong, smart and bold.”

A mentor is talking to a young boy in a gym in Memphis.

Managing your own emotions as an adult is already pretty complex, so it can only be that much more complicated for a child who experiences mental and behavioral problems. Now, imagine being a positive force in that child’s life—showing up as a friend who helps them build better relationships.

Through the Youth Villages Mentoring Program, you can serve as a role model for your own Memphis mentee—helping them build self esteem and maintain the motivation to accomplish their goals.

Become a positive force with Youth Villages. Sign up here

For a moment, put yourself into an immigrant’s shoes. You’ve just arrived in a new country; you’re trying to navigate language barriers and attempting to establish a new sense of normalcy while adhering to the cultural norms that are already in place. Now, wrap all that up and imagine experiencing all of this as a child.

World Relief Memphis’ Mentoring program pairs mentors with immigrant and refugee youth ages 15-24 to help identify and achieve their life, career, and/or educational goals.

Learn more, and start your journey as a WRM Mentor here


We hope you feel inspired to step up for our city’s youth! If you’re already a mentor, tell us about your experience. Who knows… Maybe your story will encourage even more Memphians to make a difference.

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