The Big Sibling Mentoring Program provides our students with a positive role model who demonstrates the benefits of academic success.

Quality mentoring can have a drastic impact on a child’s life. By providing consistency and serving as a positive role model in students’ lives, research has shown that students paired with a mentor are:

  • 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school,
  • 55% more likely to enroll in college, and
  • 90% more interested in becoming a mentor themselves. *

In contrast, having a mentor for less than one year can be detrimental to a child. For this reason, we require that all of our mentors sign a one-year contract, although our typical mentoring relationship lasts an average of four years.

Each Horizons for Youth child is paired with an individual Big Sibling mentor for the duration of his or her participation in our program. The mentor pairs meet twice each month–once at one of our scheduled Monthly Enrichment Outings, and once at a one-on-one meeting, organized by the mentor.

If you are interested in becoming a Big Sibling Mentor, please click on the Complete Mentor Application button below. If you have questions, please email us at

Click here to read our National Mentorship Month blog:
Written Martin, Horizons for Youth alumni, and his mentor Joe.

*The National Mentoring Partnership. Mentoring Impact: Why Mentor?, Retrieved from