Who We Are

Innovation in Mentoring
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy 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.

Thank you


Youth Guidance Open House

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy had a successful Open House on Wednesday, October 2.  Parents, family members and friends of Youth Guidance stopped by to see the wonderful projects and creations made by our students and to meet our mentors, presenters and Youth Guidance Team.Members of the Exchange Club of Sebastian attended the Open House.  Pictured from left to right: Eva Chapman; Margie Duffell; Felix Cruz, Executive Director of Youth Guidance; Holly Forde, YG Program Specialist; Diane Best; and Karen McElveen.

Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Check Presentation to YG

Helping to make a difference in children's lives in Indian River County, The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation presented a check this morning to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy for the health, fitness and nutrition component of our programs.  Pictured from left to right: Nathan Suranofsky, the Foundation’s Program Director; Felix Cruz, Executive Director, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy; and Lynn Southerly, Treasurer of the Mardy Fish Foundation.

Day of Caring

We are so grateful to our Volunteers from Publix, who helped us on Saturday, October 5, the United Way of Indian River County’s Day of Caring! A wonderful group of people from Publix, Miracle Mile, Vero Beach spent their morning working on indoor and outdoor projects at Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy .  Thank you so much for your help!



Our Winter Schedule is Here!


Please note: We have moved all but current news and events to our Youth Guidance News Page.

Thank You to Our Community Partners!

42nd Annual Tropical Night Luau



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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