effective positive lasting change for young lives

Since 1999, Release has matched and supported 880 community mentor pairs. During 2021, 86 matches were active. In July 2021, we initiated group mentoring due to the number of youth waiting for a mentor. Over 200 youth have attended our group mentoring sessions. We also have chaplains that work without over 1,600 kids in detention and community centers.

Why Mentoring?

What possible good can mentoring do today?


more likely to enroll in college


more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities


more likely to hold a leadership position in a club or sports team


of respondents reported being interested in becoming mentors themselves


  • I have an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.

  • The pains and struggles I've walked through have been a meaningful gift here.
  • I'm surprised by how much I've learned from my mentee.

  • I don't feel like I have all the answers, but I'm learning just showing up matters more than I realized.

  • This relationship is changing me for the better.

    What to Expect

    Even though mentoring will be as unique as you and your mentee, here are 3 stories, from Release mentors, to help paint a picture of what mentoring could look like for you.

    Real stories. Real mentors. Real connection.
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    Next Steps

    Sign up

    If this sounds like something you want to do, fill out the application to become a mentor.


    Meet with staff member to learn about the program and determine if mentoring with Release will be a good fit for you.


    Come in for an orientation and training. We'll give you everything you need to help kids succeed.

    Get Matched

    Choose between individual or group, and community (1/1) or site specific mentoring (DCYC, JJC, Hope Center, or hospital) and we'll match you up with a kid we think you'll connect with.

    Ongoing Support

    You'll get weekly calls for the first month, monthly check-ins, quarterly training and fellowship opportunities, and 24/7 support whenever you need it.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are a few of the most common questions our mentoring team gets asked.

    Become a mentor

    Sign up for a today

    Got questions? Ask Marcus by email or phone (402) 455-0808.