Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County matches children throughout Niagara County, ages 7 through 15, with volunteer mentor/role models in professionally supervised match relationships.  Matched youth are active until they graduate from High School, or through their 19th birthday if they are still in high school.


Making the Connection

Community Based Match: (generally twice a month) Mentors and Mentees schedule outings that fit their needs and interests.  <read more>

Site Based Match: (45 minutes – 1.5 hours once a week) Mentors meet children and youth at sites across Niagara County for YMS planned and supervised activities.  <read more>

From Inquiry to Matching

A lot of things have to happen before a match is made.  Potential Mentors go through a rigorous screening and thorough training process.  There is also a detailed intake process for children/youth.  Mentors and Mentees are matched on interests, geography and preferences.  We provide full support and supervision through every step of the matching process in order to cultivate strong, long lasting friendships between Mentors and Mentees.

Learn more about becoming a Mentor

Learn more about enrolling a Mentee
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What Mentors and Mentees Do

We encourage no and low cost activities: it doesn’t take a lot of money or a special occasion to make a difference!  Just spending a few hours  a month doing fun activities such as:

  • Playing football
  • Reading a book
  • Doing crafts
  • Tending a garden
  • Exploring a library
  • Going for a walk
  • Baking cookies

Getting together is fun for both Mentors and Mentees!