Mentoring focuses on building healthy supportive relationships between a caring adult and a child/youth. Mentoring creates opportunities to help youth to dream beyond their current life challenges and set a path toward personal and academic success.

Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for a significant portion of time (i.e., more than one year) are central to success.

The LaPorte County Mentoring Collaborative was formed to promote mentoring throughout our local communities, share best practices to support our youth, and work together to provide effective mentor training.

Sign up to be a mentor by contacting the organization of your choice below.


Slicer Champions School Based Mentoring Program

Bert Sappenfield, Program Match Specialist
(219) 362-3102 x61027

Julie Sinclair, Program Specialist
(219) 362-3102 x61182

While all students need consistent supportive adults in their lives, sometimes not all students have someone “in their corner”. Slicer Champions help students to set goals, problem-solve challenges and celebrate successes. Mentors are provided training and support throughout the mentoring relationship. The time spent with our youth opens doors to learning for both the mentor and mentee. “A mentor is someone who walks before you to guide you and alongside you to show you what you can do.” Consider becoming a Slicer Champions mentor.

Youth Service Bureau's School Buddies program

Stephanie Fleshman
(219) 362-9587 x107

School Buddies offers one to one mentoring at our local schools in La Porte County.  Mentors spend one hour a week eating lunch, playing games and talking with students in our local elementary schools.  The School Buddies program is always looking for mentors who would like to spend one on one time and be a friend to a student in our program. 

The Boys & Girls Club’s AWE Program

Brandi Lewis, Executive Director
(219) 873-2298 

The Al Whitlow Experience (AWE) mentoring program is offered for children ages 5 to 18 at all three Club locations: the Charles R. Westcott Club in the former Elston Middle School at 321 Detroit Street and the Club extensions at Pine Elementary School and Springfield Elementary School. The AWE mentoring approach positively impacts members in need of additional adult support, helping them develop a stronger sense of self-worth, increasing their social competency, and improving academics. The AWE program provides a combination of one-on-one, group, and peer mentoring services. Mentoring is site-based and provided by Club staff, volunteers, and peers. Through weekly meetings, caring and trusted adult volunteer mentors build relationships with their matched mentee and empower them to pursue their greatest future.  

Family Advocate’s CAYA Program

Brenda Stellema
(219) 561-1526)

Every day, there are struggling adolescents who wish there was someone who they could talk to express their concerns; someone who represents their feelings without bias; a positive role model to look up to and interact with. A CAYA is that person who listens and understands and represents the best interest of the youth. Volunteers are needed who have experiences to share and time to give to a youth in need. Whether it is tutoring, sharing a movie, a game of bowling or just a quick phone call, the impact on a teen can be huge. Our volunteers have diversified backgrounds, experience and cultural differences. We need your talents to assist our community youth!

MCAS Safe Harbor’s H40 Mentoring Program

Abby May
(219) 873-2026 x8750

MCAS youth meet one hour per week with their mentor. Meetings take place in a designated area within the child's school, under the support of a Hours for Ours school site coordinator. Youth and mentors spend time playing games, talking and building relationships based on support and trust. The mentor is an emotional 'cheerleader' for the child as he/she grows and begins to realize their potential and sprout dreams for their future. 

Sign up to be a mentor
by contacting the organization of your choice.