NYC Service partners with City agencies, including the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE), the Young Men’s Initiative, and the Center for Youth Employment (CYE), to engage volunteers in meaningful, recurring mentor relationships to enhance the social-emotional support of our City’s youth. 
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Are you a CBO that works with mentoring? Join the NYC Mentoring Coalition!
The NYC Mentoring Coalition is a group of nonprofit and City agency partners dedicated to strengthening mentoring across New York City, supporting the NYC Youth Mentoring Strategic Plan to reach 40,000 high school students with mentoring experiences annually by 2022. The group meets quarterly and is led by NYC Service, the Center for Youth Employment, Young Men's Initiative, NYC Department of Education, and the Department of Youth and Community Services.
Benefits to joining the NYC Mentoring Coalition include:
  • Networking with like-minded City agencies and nonprofits dedicated to the success of NYC youth through mentoring
  • Learning about City-sponsored mentoring platforms and initiatives
  • Inclusion in annual mentor recruitment drives, and access to mentoring promotional materials

Email youthmentoring@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, organization, and contact information (address, phone, email) to join the NYC Mentor Coalition.

Current NYC Mentoring Coalition Partners include:

Apex for Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City


Brooklyn Community Services


Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers

City Rock

College Summit, Inc.

Elevate New York

Essay Busters

Eye to Eye

Free Arts NYC

Grand Street Settlement

Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF)

Harlem Lacrosse

Harlem RBI


Junior Achievement

Let’s Get Ready

Manny Cantor Center

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Mentor NY

Mentoring USA

Minds Matter

NY Urban Debate League

New York Public Library

One Hundred Black Men

Options for College



PowerPlay NYC

Roads to Success

Shining Our Light Services

South Bronx United

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF)

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center

Student Sponsor Partners

Summer Search

Thrive Collective

We Are Family Foundation





Working with a City agency planning team and the NYC Mentoring Coalition, NYC Youth Mentoring will be available to and encouraged for every young person in New York City as a proven and positive youth development strategy, which contributes to positive decision-making, education achievements, successful career/college options and life pathways.

Overarching Goal

The overarching goal of NYC Youth Mentoring Strategic Plan is to reach 40,000 High School students with mentoring experience annually by 2022, supporting the city's Equity and Excellence plan to achieve 80% high school graduation and 2/3 college-ready rate by 2026.  The initiative seeks to double the high schools and mentees involved by 2022, reaching 40,000 high school students in 400 high schools (36,000 of which are in City-sponsored programs). 

Citywide Definition

Mentoring is a relationship that promotes positive youth development and enables the transition of youth to full and productive adult lives.

NYC Mentoring Principles

  • Develop sustained, trained, and caring volunteer adult relationships for NYC High School students.  
  • Employ creative channels to connect volunteer mentors and youth from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on six target neighborhoods of greatest need.    

  • Prioritize access to mentoring for High School students as a youth development strategy.  

  • View mentoring as a City strategy to build the capacity of schools and community organizations to offer and encourage a cycle of mentoring.

  • Offer prospective mentors a wide range of mentoring opportunities and models with flexibility and broad applicability.