Mentoring Programs



The goals of individual mentoring programs are to:

Foster relationships between youth and caring adults

Help youth develop coping skills, positive self-esteem, and social competencies

Assist youth in navigating their world with the help of a positive adult role model

Making A Connection

Making a Connection (MAC) is a program that provides adult volunteer mentors for youth ages 10 to 17 who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Mentors and mentees engage in activities in the community for at least six hours per month. Referrals to the program are made by Waterbury Juvenile Probation and the Child, Youth and Family Support Center (CYFSC.)

One On One Mentoring

The One on One Mentoring program supports volunteers who mentor youth in foster care and Department of Children and Families (DCF) committed youth ages 14 to 21. Mentors and mentees engage in activities in the community for at least six hours per month. Referrals are made by DCF.

Mentoring NOW

Mentoring NOW, an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Enhancement grant to the individual mentoring programs, allows for the expansion of services to include Juvenile Review Board referrals with a youth initiated model. Utilizing natural supports and establishing community connectedness increases the likeliness for positive outcomes and long lasting behavior change in youth.


CT 4-H Mentoring Project

The CT 4-H Mentoring Project is a prevention program designed to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, building character, and developing life skills in a fun learning environment. This 12-month mentoring program serves 80 youth, ages 8-14, in the Waterbury community. This program includes three components: Group Mentoring, 4-H Activities and Family Night Out. Tutoring is offered in addition to one of three focus areas: karate, creative arts, or dance.



“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”

~Josh Shipp

For more information about how you can become a volunteer mentor in our individual mentoring programs, please contact our Mentor Coordinators:

Nancy Staab 203-573-0264

Brandon Tomlinson 203-573-0264