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"I am a unique and valuable person with my own special talents, interests, hopes, and dreams. My journey is my own — where I have been, where I want to go. I am responsible for how I travel the road I am on, the choices I make, and the paths I take. My journey is what I make of it!"

About Our Youth Mentoring Programs

What We Do

Hope for Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota. Monthly educational and experiential sessions focused on building life skills needed for success are held at partner schools. Mentors guide middle school students to help them gain confidence in making decisions and taking actions that will lead to a successful transition to high school – and beyond.

Hope for Tomorrow partners with school districts. School liaisons work with chapter leaders to coordinate communication and arrange space and logistics for the sessions. Every mentoring group that partners with a school forms a chapter. Women mentor girls and men mentor boys in separate groups. If there is a girls group and a boys group at the same school, there are two chapters carrying the name of that school. 

Mentors and Mentees

Our program focuses on students who will be attending high school the following year. Students are nominated by school staff and must be open to a mentoring relationship. They are recommended based on their potential for personal growth and academic achievement through the encouragement and guidance of another caring adult in their lives. Students participate in Hope for Tomorrow on a voluntary basis and with parent or guardian permission. Mentors are community – oriented men and women volunteers who bring a variety of life experiences to their mentoring relationships with the students. They are committed to helping young teens realize their potential by empowering them to make their own good choices. Separate girls and boys chapters allow for appropriate gender – specific activities and sharing of common interests and experiences.

Sessions

Mentor – Mentee groups gather for once – monthly educational and experiential sessions at partner schools during the academic year. The curriculum has a well – defined purpose and expected outcomes for each session. Session activities focus on introducing and reinforcing life skills that are critical for a life of accomplishment and well being. Some of these life skills include building and displaying confidence, communication and interpersonal skills, relationship and people skills, and leadership skills. 

While the majority of the sessions are held at the school, up to two field trips are taken to foster discussion about goal setting for the future and may include a visit to a post high school educational campus and a place of employment. Mentors take turns planning and facilitating the session activities. Sessions include mentor – mentee 1 – on – 1 time, presentation of a topic, and small group and large group activities. 

  • Introduction to Hope for Tomorrow
  • First Impressions
  • Healthy Balance
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Self-respect, Attitude, and Choices
  • Visit to a Place of Employment
  • Post-High School Educational Campus Visit
  • Year-End Celebration
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