The GIRLS Group Mentoring Program serving Los Angeles & San Diego, CA helps to generate inner respect, love and self-empowerment in African American women and teen girls that are, or have been in dysfunctional and/or disadvantaged lifestyles through a positive, productive and beneficial environment.  The mentoring program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at six months.  By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help teens to increase confidence, self empowerment and focus on setting academic and career goals.


Mentor Role   Time Commitment
  • Take the lead in supporting a youth through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and trusted advisor
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
  • Make a six month commitment
  • Spend a minimum of ten hours per month one-to-one with a mentee
  • Attend a two-hour training session and 1-day mentoring retreat session
  • Attend at least one mentee group session and program recognition event


Participation Requirements

Desirable Qualities

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Reside in Los Angeles or San Diego metro area
  • Be interested in working with teen girls
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Have a clean criminal history (pass background check)
  • Not use illicit drugs
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
  • Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least five years
  • Good listener
  • Encouraging and Supportive
  • Patient and Flexible
  • Dependable and Caring
  • Tolerant and Respectful of individual differences
Benefits Evaluation Process
  • Contributing to positive change in a young girl’s life
  • Contributing to the future strength of society by investing in our youth
  • The satisfaction of making a difference
  • Feeling of pride in helping a young girl set and reach goals
  • Written application
  • Personal interview
  • Attend 1-day Mentoring Retreat
  • Background check (fingerprinting)
  • TB shot
  • Provide three personal references
  • Attend mentor and mentee get-to-know-you session
  • Attend mentor training session


For more information please contact a member of the Mentoring program

Program Coordinator:  Carmen Tanner

Recruitment Director:  Joseph Tanner III

Executive Director:  Felicia Sumler


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