“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present,
touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”
– Author Unknown
A note from Mentoring USA Founder, Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo:

Dear Mentors,

As the school year closes, we want to thank you for your commitment and dedication to your mentees this past academic year.

There are three pillars of support for children – the home, the school and the community. As a volunteer member of the community, you are one of these critical pillars of support. You have given these young people hope and opportunity for their future. We are grateful for your time and talent which are special gifts and priceless for our Mentees.

Mentoring is one of the most important things you will ever do in your life and if done effectively, its benefits last a lifetime and can positively impact multiple generations.

Thank you for helping to make the future more productive and brighter for all of us.


Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Mentoring USA Founder and Chairperson

*Photo Left: Mrs. Cuomo with students from La Salle Academy
*Photo Right: Mentoring USA Team (L to R): Keith Howard, Jane Levy, Sam McQuibban, Dimple Patel, Stephen Powell

Mentor Summer Reflection

Our program year has ended and mentoring programs are on a break until the fall. These summer months are a great time to reflect on what you have learned through your mentoring relationship.

  • What have been your mentoring gifts and strengths?
  • What lessons has your Mentee taught you?
  • What (if anything) would you do differently?
  • What would you like to learn to do better?

We would like to hear about your experience and these reflections. We want your experience as a Mentor to be rewarding and your Mentor-Mentee relationship to be positive with feelings of accomplishment and friendship. We are compiling Mentor testimonials over the summer and would appreciate if you would fill out the questionnaire by clicking HERE.

Have a great summer!

*Photo Left: Bloomingdale Mentors at Mentor Recognition Event
*Photo Right: Kenneth Cole Productions Mentors at Mentor Recognition Event

Mentoring USA Program Highlights

The Annual Mentor Recognition Event at Ainsworth Park was a fun-filled evening of food, drinks and many raffle winners! Visit the Mentoring USA Facebook page to check out the photos!

Congratulations to Aaron Brown!! Aaron was recognized by the Mayor’s office for his 100 hours of volunteer service to New York City last year! Thanks Aaron for being such a great and committed Mentor!

Celebrations made for a joyous June as programs winded down for the summer:

  • I Have a Dream Foundation: Chelsea-Elliot enjoyed an evening of bowling at Frames
  • Mentees and Mentors had time to reflect on their time together by creating Memory Books at many of the program sites
  • Stanley Isaacs Community Center feasted at Big Daddy’s Diner on the Upper East Side
  • I Have a Dream Foundation: DeHostos-Wise and New York Junior League Program Sites reveled at Dave & Busters
  • I Have a Dream Foundation: PS 7 Mentees will be inspired to save this summer with their newly constructed Piggy Banks

*Photo left: Mentor, Aaron Brown Proudly holding NYC Service Mayoral Recognition Certificate
*Photo Right: I Have a Dream Foundation: PS 7 Flying Piggy Bank

Mentor Highlight: Precious Williams

Precious Williams
Chelsea Foyer: Good Shepherd
Mentor Since 2010

“I became a Mentor because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. As a woman who grew up in the inner city, the only reason I am successful is because people helped me along the way.

I want to leave a lasting legacy of service and pay it forward. I am watching my Mentee blossom right before my eyes. She was shy and introverted and now she sings and laughs with her peers. I love being a Mentor. I love the thrill of watching her get a new concept and run with it.

Mentoring gives my life real meaning. Do it RIGHT NOW!!!  Mentoring is the best!”