Mentor For Change

Mentor For Change

Mentor for Change – Empowering LA's Youth for a Brighter Future We are a transformative mentoring program that unlocks the untapped potential of LA's first-generation low-income (FGLI) youth.

Mentor For Change

Mentor for Change – Empowering LA's Youth for a Brighter Future We are a transformative mentoring program that unlocks the untapped potential of LA's first-generation low-income (FGLI) youth. We believe in equipping the next generation with the tools they need to excel. Our program goes beyond traditional mentorship by providing comprehensive support that helps students explore college options and discover exciting career paths they're truly passionate about. We foster a sense of responsibility and community engagement. Our youth are encouraged to give back to their neighborhoods and make a lasting positive impact. By nurturing a spirit of altruism, we help shape future leaders who are dedicated to creating a better tomorrow. We pave the way for change through a dynamic blend of mentoring, interactive workshops, and personalized goal-oriented support. Our program provides a roadmap for success, empowering LA's youth to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. MFC started in 1998 from a church youth outreach ministry in Lincoln Heights, from these humble beginnings MFC has empowered 100% of its program graduates to complete high school and 89% are pursuing higher education after high school. Support, join & cheer us on as Mentor for Change creates a movement that is revolutionizing the lives of LA's youth. Together, we can create a brighter future, one mentorship at a time.

About the Organization:

Mentor for Change – Empowering LA's Youth for a Brighter Future We are a transformative mentoring program that unlocks the untapped potential of LA's first-generation low-income (FGLI) youth. We believe in equipping the next generation with the tools they need to excel. Our program goes beyond traditional mentorship by providing comprehensive support that helps students explore college options and discover exciting career paths they're truly passionate about. We foster a sense of responsibility and community engagement. Our youth are encouraged to give back to their neighborhoods and make a lasting positive impact. By nurturing a spirit of altruism, we help shape future leaders who are dedicated to creating a better tomorrow. We pave the way for change through a dynamic blend of mentoring, interactive workshops, and personalized goal-oriented support. Our program provides a roadmap for success, empowering LA's youth to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. MFC started in 1998 from a church youth outreach ministry in Lincoln Heights, from these humble beginnings MFC has empowered 100% of its program graduates to complete high school and 89% are pursuing higher education after high school. Support, join & cheer us on as Mentor for Change creates a movement that is revolutionizing the lives of LA's youth. Together, we can create a brighter future, one mentorship at a time.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii • New York

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii • New York

The Issue:

A youth's path to wholeness and peace depends on the health of his or her relationships to family, neighborhood, and community. These relationships shape their mental health and educational opportunities as well as their personal and professional identities.These connections profoundly impact their mental well-being, educational opportunities, and personal and professional development. Taking on the Challenge: Breaking the Socioeconomic Barrier The Urban Institute highlights the strong correlation between a family's socioeconomic status and a child's academic achievements. This challenge is amplified for youths whose parents did not graduate from college. The statistics are telling: youths from high-income families have a 43% chance of completing a four-year college degree, while youths from low-income families have a 24% chance. This data is evident in the communities of East/Northeast LA where approximately 30% of the population live in poverty, nearly 55% of adults do not have an HS diploma, and only 14% have attained their bachelor’s degree. Serving Those in Need: At Mentor for Change, our primary focus is serving first generation low income youth (ages 14-18) who identify as Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC). We are united in our goal to make a difference in the lives of underserved youth who come from low-to-moderate-income households. We are Empowering Teens from East/Northeast LA neighborhoods and working with teens experiencing homelessness through our partnership with the Union Rescue Mission. We are excited to provide them with the tools, guidance, and support they need to overcome challenges and succeed in their educational and personal journeys. Our Top 4 Initiatives Relationship-Oriented Mentorship ​Community Impacting Leadership Academic and Professional Integration ​Youth Economic Mobility We are focused on fostering and enhancing crucial relationships for LA's youth to thrive and achieve their dreams. United in our goal to make a difference in the lives of the underserved. 85% of our Board, 56% of staff identifies as AAPI serving the underserved BIPOC youth in LA.

The Solution:

MFC’s mentoring program provides diverse services allowing FGLI youth to gain equity of access to higher education and career readiness. Personal Mentor Relationship: MFC connects FGLI youths with adult mentors who are living out their career aspirations for one-on-one mentorship. Peer Cohort: Over one year, a cohort of mentees and mentors journey together. Through our peer cohort-based model, mentors build bonds among mentees. They build social and emotional connections as they explore educational and career aspirations together, collaborate on goal-oriented projects, and share growth experiences. Personal Development Workshops (PDWs): Mentees participate in seven monthly PDWs with their mentors. They are equipped with critical knowledge and skills through these workshops that address social-emotional learning to develop resilience, financial literacy, workforce readiness, community engagement through public service, and other empowering teaching modules. Community Impact Projects (CIPs): Mentees are given opportunities to create their CIPs that positively impact their community by utilizing their career aspirations and incorporating the knowledge and skills they learned from the PDWs.  Culmination Project: Mentees give oral presentations of their CIPs at their year-end graduation before an audience of community stakeholders. Through this final presentation of their projects to the greater MFC community, the mentees contribute to the collective intelligence of their cohort and supporters.  College Counseling: Our college readiness program component includes college campus tours in LA County and individualized guidance through college selection, and navigating the different types of college application systems. Career Counseling: We guide our mentorship program graduates in the different stages of their working lives from high school to college to post-college. We support mentees to grow their professional social networks; identify accomplishments, awards and honors, special interests, and diverse skills; and match these to concrete career goals and specific employment opportunities.  The MFC Scholarship: Students who complete the year-long mentorship program, show proof of graduation from high school, and provide documentation of enrollment in higher education (i.e. vocational/trade school, 2-year community college, 4-year college/university) are awarded a scholarship of $1,000. The mentee who develops the most effective Community Impact Project in their cohort is awarded an additional $1,000 scholarship.

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