photograph of young boy and his mentor painting

Programs / Mentor Arts


Mentoring Works!

At its most basic level, mentoring guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them and is not alone in dealing with day-to-day worries. Studies have shown that young adults are more likely to succeed in school and in life if they have a positive and supportive relationship with an adult. A mentor brings stability and consistency to youth who otherwise wouldn’t have enough adult attention.

Art can serve as a vehicle to build intimate relationships and to develop self-awareness. Through a good role model, children are able to observe and learn life skills. Mentoring helps build self-esteem and over time can help adolescents make safe and healthy choices.

What does a Mentor Do?

A mentor is a caring adult friend who devotes time to a young person. Mentors are not teachers, they aren’t substitute parents, nor are they disciplinarians or a decision makers for a child. A mentor’s main purpose is to help a young person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. At Mentor Arts, those goals often (but not always) have an artistic dimension. In addition to making art together, matches spend there time in a variety of ways. Recent examples include re-potting plants, swimming at the YMCA, getting a milkshake, walking along the lake, inventing games and then playing them.


Our mentor-matches commit to meet together at least once a week for a year.

Mentor Arts is a community-based program; however, we do offer access to our studios (photography, printmaking, and clay), classrooms, and supplies, as well as on-going support for the mentor and mentee.


Mentoring a child will make a difference. It can change a child’s life. It will certainly change yours. Invest in our community, in our children. Help mentor a love of art, and of life, in someone who needs a friend.

For more information, please contact our Community Programs Coordinator.