"The very foundation of mentoring is the idea that if caring, concerned adults are available to young people, youth will be more likely to became successful adults themselves". Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development, 2002
Where is the Need?
SOY has served Denver’s urban at-risk youth since 1994.
409 kids, ages 10-17, were supported by SOY’s mentoring program in 2013.
Months per Match
SOY’s average mentor match is 42 months (3.5 years), compared with the national average of 9 months.
Youth in college
61 SOY mentees currently attend college.
90% of our high school seniors graduate each year while the area average high school graduation rate for low-income youth is 59%.