The Carolinas Youth Mentoring Symposium is Back!

Explore the Power of Play in Mentoring Relationships on October 12

Join us on October 12 at the Durham Convention Center to explore how joyful mentoring experiences enhance mental wellness and foster stronger youth-adult partnerships that can inspire a greater connection to the values and goals that make our lives meaningful.


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Calling All Outstanding Youth Leaders!

Apply for Your Chance to Win $20,000 for College

The Outstanding Youth Leaders of the Year Scholarship award is a $20,000 scholarship that will be awarded to three prospective college students who demonstrate success within their respective mentoring programs. Applications are due August 16, 2024.


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Available for Youth-Serving Programs and Initiatives in the Carolinas and Beyond

Capacity-Building Consulting

Learn more about our capacity-building consulting programs here.

What is “Youth Mentoring Collaborative”?

Who We Are and What We Do

Whether you’re familiar with us or just discovering us, we got you! Read more about who we are, what we do, and how we do it by Learning More About YMC.

Introducing The Youth Mentoring Collaborative

Critical Perspectives on Mentoring

Critical mentoring disrupts saviorism models that exist in traditional mentoring programs and considers how race, class, gender, sexuality, and other identities impact how youth experience the world and mentoring relationships. “Critical mentoring places youth at the center of the process, challenging norms of adult and institutional authority and notions of saviorism to create collaborative partnerships with youth and communities that recognize there are multiple sources of expertise and knowledge.” (Torie Wieston-Serdan, 2017)

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Healing-Centered Mentoring™

Learn more about YMC’s Healing-Centered Mentoring™ (HCM) framework, used to train mentoring practitioners to support clinical services or deliver light-touch mental health interventions.

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High-Quality Consulting

Youth Mentoring Collaborative works with well-established, newly developing programs and those in between to improve their quality and impact.

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The Youth Mentoring Collaborative believes that every organization should have access to quality consulting services. More than 75% of our current partners are local grassroots movements that don’t have the capacity to work on their organizations – that’s where our work comes in! Your support makes our work possible.

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Who We Are and What We Do

The Youth Mentoring Collaborative (YMC) is a capacity-building organization dedicated to increasing the number of Black and Brown youth in identity-affirming mentoring relationships while working to dismantle the systemic barriers that youth and their families face on a daily basis.

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