"I was lost in the crowd - you found me."


"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?

The Numbers

  • 1994
    The Beginning
    SOY has served Denver’s urban at-risk youth since 1994.
  • 417
    Youth Served
    417 kids, ages 10-17, were supported by SOY’s mentoring program in 2016.
  • 42
    Months per Match
    SOY’s average mentor match is 42 months (3.5 years), compared with the national average of 9 months.
  • 43
    Youth in college
    43 SOY mentees currently attend college.
  • 76
    Graduation rate
    The four-year, on-time graduation rate for SOY mentees is 76% vs. 62.8% for area public schools.