Be a mentor

The centerpiece of our effort is the mentoring relationship between adult and child. We deeply believe - and experience has shown us - that this relationship is the single biggest catalyst in changing the course of a child’s life.

volunteers needed

The best way to match our children with a mentor is to immerse them in activities which engage them both. Volunteers are always needed for many events and activities like fishing, kayaking, museums, tennis, the arts, BBQs and more!

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Youth Guidance depends on the financial support of the Indian River community, a combination of funding from private donors and foundations. Please won't you help make a difference in a child's life by donating today?

Who We Are

A Mentoring Movement with a Giant Goal

Youth Guidance is a movement of adult volunteers with a giant, shared goal.

We step into the lives of Indian River County’s underprivileged youth. We walk alongside them during the most trying and formative years of their lives. We strive to set them permanently on a path to rise above their challenges, excel in school, and succeed in life.

Currently we number over 400 in the long line of 8,000-plus Youth Guidance volunteers who have given so much to their community over our 39 year history.

Our Mission

Youth Guidance empowers Indian River County’s neediest youth through mentoring relationships, and broadens their horizons with educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

Upcoming Events

5:30 PM Voyagers (Ages 10-13) @ Community Church
Voyagers (Ages 10-13) @ Community Church
May 25 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
This group has a different guest speaker come each week and provides an informative and interactive experience for the kids.  Examples of presenters include: Science Night, Culture Night, Team Building Night Kids are also provided a full meal where dinner conversation and etiquette is encouraged.
5:30 PM Pathfinders (Ages 15 & Up) @ Harvest Food and Outreach
Pathfinders (Ages 15 & Up) @ Harvest Food and Outreach
May 27 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
This group is designed for High School upperclassmen to help to develop: leadership skills, civic engagement (by learning about public policy and taking on leadership roles), how to run a small business, how to save and invest money, resume writing skills and preparing for an interview.  The culmination of the course is to allow students to participate in an internship and summer employment. A small meal will be provided where dinner conversation and etiquette is encouraged.
5:30 PM Explorers (Ages 5-9) @ Community Church
Explorers (Ages 5-9) @ Community Church
Jun 1 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
This group rotates from week to week between LEGO building, Arts and Crafts, and “Exploring Our World” (recycling, science, healthy eating, etc.) A small meal will be provided.

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