“What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Mentors,Thanks

It has been a busy Fall! Mentees and Mentors have been reunited, new matches have been introduced and friendships continue to grow and form.

Mentoring USA continues to expand nationally and we are thankful for your continued support. The positive outcomes of mentoring continue to be reported in the news.  Volunteer Mentors like you continue to make a strong and positive impact on a young person’s life. We are thankful to have you as part of our team.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Mentoring USA Team

Mentoring USA Highlights

Stephen Powell, Mentoring USA Executive Director, was honored at the 2014 GQ 7th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball. He received a Leader Award for his passion in expanding mentor services nationally. Check him out in the November Issue of GQ Magazine. Congratulations!

Black Enterprise B.R.I.D.G.E. Foundation awarded a generous grant to Mentoring USA. The funds will help Mentoring USA expand and increase programs, training and technical assistance for the male mentoring initiatives in Philadelphia, PA and Newark, NJ.

Humans of New York, a popular Facebook page, featured Mentoring USA Program Manager Keith Howard on October 27th. Keith’s comments on mentoring triggered an avalanche of responses from around the world and our Facebook likes increased by over 6,000 new followers. Like us on Facebook and continue the wave of international support!

Mentees and Mentors enjoyed an early Holiday gift from Radio City Music Hall. On November 6th, they watched the spectacular Rockettes perform in the new XMAS Show. Thank you!

Mentor Tip: Be an Askable Adult

Recall how you felt when you were a teen. Youth have values, and are capable of making mature & responsible decisions, especially when they have the opportunity to discuss options with a supportive adult.


  • Approachable & open to youth
  • Listens
  • Know limits & boundaries
  • Has a sense of humor
  • Shares Feelings


  • “No subject is off limits-if it is important to you, it’s important to me.”
  • “Values & Opinions are unique to every person- I won’t judge your values when they are different than mine.”
  • “I realize that providing information is not the same thing as making choices.”
  • “Because you are important to me, nothing you tell me will make me think less of you.”
@Jenna Beckwith Messman, M.ED, NCC

Mentor RecognitionJoshua

Joshua Peters was raised inside of a HELP facility. He participated in the WAY (Work Appreciation Youth) program, which prepared him to be job-ready by age 13.

He was involved with Mentoring USA, where he was able to interact with a mentor from an outside community. Joshua graduated from the New York Film Academy and is now a distinguished photographer and filmmaker. He was recently featured in Kenneth Cole’s LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD Campaign.

Mentor Highlight: Deborah BergsohnDeborah

Stanley Isaacs Cmty Center / Mentor Since 2012 

“My favorite moment was walking into the classroom for the first session this year and looking for my Mentee, And all of a sudden I was attacked with a bear hug. Talk about a warn and fuzzy moment! Over the course of my 3 years I have discovered that like any solid relationship, trust and learning happen over time. The mentor/Mentee relationship takes time to develop, but once you are there, it’s totally worth it!”