Mentor Connection

Empowering Volunteers to Invest in the Lives and Futures of At-Risk Youth

At Inland Empire United Way, we are committed to investing in the future self-sufficiency of disadvantaged youth in our community.  That’s why we’ve launched Mentor Connection,  a collaborative initiative aimed at recruiting, training and mobilizing committed volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to prepare disadvantaged youth to succeed in school and be prepared for future self-sufficiency.
Clearly, just one dedicated adult can make a life-changing difference in the life of a disadvantaged youth. Research demonstrates the following benefits of quality mentoring and tutoring programs:
  • Increased school attendance and likelihood to attend college
  • Reduced school drop-out and improved academic skills & performance
  • Enhanced confidence, social attitudes and improved communication skills
  • Reduced negative youth behaviors such as drug and alcohol use
Anyone can help!
By partnering with quality reading, tutoring and mentoring programs throughout the Inland Empire, we have identified a variety of opportunities to fit any schedule.  We need young adults, retirees and professionals to simply give their time to local disadvantaged youth and help them to succeed in school.  No experience is required…and many volunteers share that it is the most rewarding thing they’ve ever done.


Inland Empire Nonprofit Organizations and Schools
It is our goal to support local reading, tutoring and mentoring programs by helping to recruit committed volunteers and providing training and resources for developing evidence-based practices for effectively improving the lives and futures of at-risk youth.
  • If you operate a reading, tutoring or mentoring program and would like to post your volunteer opportunities on United Way’s Mentor Connection, please contact Dixie Torres at or 909.980.2857x223.
  • If you are interested in upcoming trainings or technical support related to operating an effective reading, tutoring or mentoring program, please contact Lorraine Williams at or 909.980.2857x203.