Mentoring Matters


What is Dauphin County’s mentoring program?

Throughout Dauphin County there are young people ranging in age from 8 to 21 years old who need the guidance and friendship of an adult mentor.

Dauphin County contracts with agencies that link mentors and mentees together and offer assistance in building mutually rewarding experiences.

If you can spare an hour a week, you can make a lasting impact on a young person’s life.

How can mentoring help?

Mentors can open a new world to young people and help them achieve…
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Better school performance and higher likelihood of graduating
  • Increased chance of pursuing higher education
  • Decreased chance of engaging in risky behavior, such as drug and alcohol use

Students who meet regularly with a mentor are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.

Youth who meet regularly with a mentor are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking (Source:

Can I mentor a young person near where I live?
There are mentoring opportunities available throughout the county.

Mentoring is a two-way street: mentors develop a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction by knowing they made a positive impact on someone’s life.

Call now to learn about becoming a mentor!

The following agencies work with Dauphin County to provide mentoring services. Contact one of them today and learn how you can make a difference in a young person’s life:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
1500 N. 2nd St. 
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Northern Dauphin YMCA
500 N. Church St.
Elizabethville, PA 17023
Mentors work with boys and girls ages 8 to 17 who live in northern Dauphin County.

Bethany Christian Services
2101 N. Front Street
Bldg 1, Ste 201
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Mentors can work with male and female teens and young adults ages 16 to 22. Mentors can also work with a family that would include children of all ages (most children are age 6 or younger).

Camp Curtain YMCA
2135 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Mentors can work with boys and girls ages 11 to 17.