Who We Are

Innovation in Mentoring
Youth Guidance is the longest operating mentoring program in Indian River County. Youth guidance has been serving at risk youth from low income, single parent families since 1973. As a pioneer in the mentoring movement in Indian River County, Youth Guidance exemplifies a grass roots, community supported solution to the problem of children growing up without sufficient positive adult role models in their lives.
Our Mission
Youth Guidance is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem and positive futures.

King of the Hill Tennis Tournament

Henner Lenhardt Winner of the 50’s Division Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy King of the Hill Tennis Tournament

Tuesday night, February 19, was a balmy, breezy Florida night, perfect for the finals of the 50’s Division for the Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy King of the Hill Tennis Tournament. The 50’s Division was one of the most exciting rivalries in years!  More than 200 spectators cheered on their favorite finalist until the last point of the evening. The finalists vying for the 50's Division King of the Hill title were: Joe Biedenharn (John's Island), Michael Phelipa (Suntree Country Club), Henner Lenhardt (Sea Oaks) and Tim Brueggeman (Vero Beach Country Club).  After an intense competition, Henner Lenhardt won, becoming “The King” of the 50’s Division.

The tournament is formatted into three Divisions; an Open Division, a 40’s Division and a 50’s Division. Stay tuned for the 40's Division final scheduled for Tuesday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m. The Open Division final is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy’s 2019 King of the Hill Tennis Tournament is every Tuesday until March 5 at The Moorings Yacht and Country Club. The public is welcome. Cost for admittance is $10.00 per person.

Henner Lenhardt Winner of the 50’s Division  Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy  King of the Hill Tennis Tournament

Pictured from left to right:  Gigi Casapu, Tournament Director; Henner Lendhardt, 50’s Division winner; Shirley Becker, Sponsor.

Calling All Mentors

Save The Date

IMPACT 100 Recognizes Youth Guidance S.T.E.A.M. Magnet Program

At a well-attended open house at Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy, members of Impact 100 Indian River, presented a plaque to Felix Cruz, Executive Director in recognition of the agency’s partnership with Impact 100.  Over thirty-two women from Impact toured the facility and attended a presentation defining the impact of grant funds awarded to Youth Guidance.  According to Felix Cruz, “As one of only four recipients receiving a grant, we are honored to march alongside Impact 100 philanthropist toward the healthy development of the children and families of Indian River County.”

Indian River Impact 100 is a membership organization of over 400 philanthropist women committed to improving Indian River County by changing our community in significant and meaningful ways. By pooling the $1,000 donations of each member, they are able to make significant $100,000 grants to local nonprofit organizations. Find out more about Impact 100 by visiting www.impact100ir.com.

Pictured from Left to right:  Gladys LaForge, Community Partners Chair; Felix L. Cruz, Executive Director of Youth Guidance; and Denise Battaglini, Impact 100 President.    

From our Partners at United Way

Thank You to Our Community Partners!

41st Annual tropical Night Luau



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Tropical Night Luau

2018 Luau Photos

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Grants Update

On, April 18th, the membership of Impact 100 voted at the Tenth Grant Awards and Annual Meeting to select the winners of this year’s awards. Since this year’s membership consists of 466 members, four $100,000 Impact Grants were awarded, with the remaining $66,000 divided evenly among the three Merit Grant winners.

Youth Guidance was amoung the 4 recipients of the 2018 Impact Grants!
"We are very proud and excited to have developed a partnership with Impact 100 and look forward to a productive collaboration in the healthy development of the children and families of Indian River County." - Felix Cruz, Executive Director, Youth Guidance

 Find out more about Impact 100 by visiting www.impact100ir.com