Mentoring

Our mentors come from all different backgrounds, but they all share a passion for supporting our children. TRUE Mentors is built around the idea that through healthy, encouraging relationships our greatest potential can be unearthed. When a child has the love, support and encouragement from a dedicated mentor and friend, there is no end to the possibilities life presents.

TRUE Mentors encourages Mentors and Mentees to create their own schedule and engage in activities they both enjoy. In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, we offer classes once a week for our mentors and children to participate in together. Check out our great list of activities on our calendar.


Wondering whether you’d be a good TRUE Mentor? Here is an overview of some of the requirements:

  • 18 years or older
  • Live in or around Hoboken, NJ
  • Willing and able to commit a year to a relationship with a mentee
  • Willing and able to spend a minimum of 8 hours per month with a mentee
  • The desire to change the course of a child’s life as well as their own
  • TRUE Mentors will interview you, train you and help you get a background check

Take the first step to making a difference in a child’s life, and fill out our online application. For more information email deshawn@truementors.org.


Meet the Matches


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“My mentor has helped me with how I respond to bullies, how I respond to disappointment and how to develop self control.”

“I like that he acts as an older brother, not my parent. He gives me helpful advice when needed, and looks out for me and points out when I did something wrong. This experience was life-changing. Other kids deserve the kind of relationship me and my mentor had. Someone they could trust and get advice from without being judged.”


Donna Sells – Family Coordinator


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I read a book called The Bond that was written by three men who grew up under challenging circumstances in New Jersey. Each became a physician and mentoring helped them succeed. Their story and the enthusiasm of Susi and other volunteers at TRUE Mentors encouraged me to get involved back in 2011. As the Family Coordinator, I oversee the scheduling and interview process with our students and their parents.

During this intake phase, I explain the program, answer their questions, make sure necessary forms are filled out, and update our database with info that helps match students and mentors. If you want to invest in the lives of kids and teens, TRUE Mentors provides a great opportunity.


Join Our Mentors Matter Program