Mentor Forward is a one-to-one mentoring program that serves youth between the ages of 12 and 17, in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. Mentor Forward matches youth with adult volunteer mentors based on shared interests, geographical proximity, and similar schedules. Mentors and mentees meet one-on-one whenever and wherever the mentee and mentor pair sees fit.

The program aims to help youth reach their full potential by establishing a sincere and trusting partnership between the young person and a consistent adult in their community.

During your time as a volunteer mentor, the Mentor Forward team will assist your mentoring experience by providing resources, consistent check-ins, and access to free youth development and mental health trainings.

Mentor Forward also facilitates quarterly structured group activities during which you and your mentee will have a chance meet other mentee/mentor pairs in the program.

Many of our youth are first generation students, or recently arrived immigrant youth with diverse strengths and backgrounds. Whichever qualities, skills, interests, or experiences you possess as a prospective mentor, there is someone out there who could benefit from a relationship with you.

You can make a difference. Please consider volunteering today for an enriching opportunity to make an impact in your community.

To learn more about how you can volunteer with our program, please see below.


Year long relationship




Various locations, flexible
Maryland Multicultural Youth Center, 8700 Georgia Ave. Ste. 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (once, for initial mandatory training)


Minimum commitment of 4 hours per month for 12 months


Volunteers can begin their application here Volunteer Mentor Application or by reaching out to Match Support Specialist, Alma Chavez, to schedule your volunteer mentor interview.


Volunteers selected will be asked to complete a Local and Federal police Background Check, a Child Protective Services Check, and a Driving Record check if you plan to drive your youth.