Mentor recruitment underway |

Mentor recruitment underway

With January designated as National Mentor Appreciation Month, Tahoe Youth & Family Services is making a push to recruit new volunteer adult mentors for its Douglas County Mentoring program.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services (TYFS) matches qualified adult mentors with youth ages 4-17 based on similar interests and time availability.

TYFS works to build mentor/mentee matches that will last through high school and into young adulthood, giving youth positive and consistent adult role-model relationships.

Studies from the National Mentoring Partnership have shown that youth in formal mentoring programs do better in school, experiment less with drugs and alcohol, and develop improved relationships with their families. (

Mentor Appreciation Month was inaugurated in 2002, and a highlight of the campaign is “Thank Your Mentor Day,” Jan. 15, in which people are encouraged to contact their mentors directly to express appreciation, become a mentor in their own community, make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program, or post a tribute on WhoMentoredYou.Org.

TYFS leads formal community-based mentoring programs in Douglas County, South Lake Tahoe, and Alpine County.

With the simple belief that good people can have profound impact in the life of child or youth, TYFS actively recruits and trains volunteer adult mentors in these communities. No advanced degree is required to be a mentor, just the desire to be a positive influence in the life of a youth.

TYFS has provided safety-net and support services in the Tahoe region for more than 40 years.

The organization’s programs extend to four key areas: Drug and alcohol counseling, youth and family therapy, homeless youth outreach & support, and the community mentoring programs.

Anyone interested in having a positive impact on the life of a child by becoming a TYFS mentor should contact Troy Matthews at 775-782-4202, or email at

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