Stamford Mentoring Collaborative

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead


Becoming a mentor is one of the best investments you can make for the future.
You just need to listen, show that you care, and share your experience.

Stamford Mentoring Collaborative
The Stamford Mentoring Collaborative champions youth mentoring.
Collectively we build capacity, serve as a resource, and help implement
best practices to expand productive alternatives for our city's youth.

Participating programs listed below

Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF)

177 Broad St., 3rd Floor
Stamford, CT 06901

The Stamford Public Education Foundation’s mission is to deliver educational programs and resources that elevate student, educator and parent success by bridging the gap between needs in the Stamford Public Schools and resources in our community.

SPEF has been serving the Stamford community since 1996. It offers programs and resources for all students in the Stamford Public School district, with an emphasis on serving children at the low end of the achievement gap. 

The Foundation delivers programming in four areas with the goal that one day each and every student in the Stamford Public Schools will graduate high school prepared and inspired to be a productive member of society. The four focus areas are: College and Career Readiness, Family Engagement, Enrichment, and Kindergarten Readiness.

SPEF has a high need for reliable volunteers that want to make a positive impact on a child’s life.
Must be at least 18 years of age and be able to pass a background check.

Contact Info:
Malena Loucks
Community Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]

Boys & Girls Club of Stamford

Mary C. Rich Clubhouse Address: 347 Stillwater Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

Yerwood Clubhouse Address: 90 Fairfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford provides afterschool, weekend, and summer camp programming to over 1,500 youth in Stamford each year. The Club’s two locations in Stamford’s west side neighborhood facilitate over 50 evidence-based educational and recreational programs, including three mentoring programs. All three programs are housed in our club locations and are a variety of group and 1-1 mentoring experiences; the programs include: STEM Mentoring for 2nd grade, Positive Actions for 4th & 5th grade, and 5th Quarter Basketball for at-risk Middle School and High School students.

The main requirement beyond background checks is an availability to be consistently part of the program. Any community member or volunteer can mentor for the STEM Mentoring and Positive Actions programs. We do ask that any volunteers wanting to mentor with the 5th Quarter program have some background in working with at-risk teens because of the specific needs and sensitivity required for the program.

Mary C. Rich Clubhouse                      Yerwood Clubhouse

  Jeff Pytlak                                          Maribel Sandalo

             [email protected]                    [email protected]              

(203)-324-0594                                       (203)-323-3547


Mary C. Rich Clubhouse Address: 347 Stillwater Avenue Stamford, CT 06902

First Light Project is a new and innovative violence prevention program that launched in the Fall of 2016 out of the Boys & Girls Club in Stamford. This 10-week mentoring program pairs combat veterans with at-risk youth to have a shared dialogue built on mutual understanding of trauma and perseverance. The intention is to alleviate the gun violence in Stamford while also bridging the civil-military divide in our community.

The First Light Project is currently seeking post-9/11 and Gulf War veterans for our future cohorts. Meetings will be at the Mary C. Rich Clubhouse on Tuesdays from 6 – 8 pm with dinner provided. The volunteer positions are being filled quickly, so please apply as soon as possible. 

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

We are also open to further media interviews regarding the First Light Program, gun violence prevention in Stamford, or veteran reintegration with the local community.

Apply today:

Stephen Kennedy

Connecticut Team Leader, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America

First Light Project Veteran Outreach Coordinator

[email protected]  

Michael Cotela

Executive Director

 [email protected] 


Starfish Connection

1127 High Ridge Road  #255, Stamford, CT 06905

By creating a 1-1 mentor/mentee relationship, Starfish Connection supports promising students from low-income families in Stamford. By providing a long-term mentorship, educational guidance, social support, and summer and after-school  enrichment activities.
We help students reach their potential and achieve their dreams of attending a four-year college or university.        

We need a mentor who is looking for the amazing experience of a long term mentoring relationship (third grade through high school graduation). The mentor needs to be able to meet with the student on a bi-weekly basis, advocate for the student at school along with the parents, and locate and enroll him or her in enrichment activities paid for by Starfish Connection. The mentor will also become part of the student’s college application process.  Each mentor is supported by a Team Leader, Executive Director and fellow mentors.

                                           Janet Schneider                                              

                                           Executive Director                                            



83 Lockwood Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902

Domus is a human services nonprofit which opened in 1972 and serves more than 1,100 of the most struggling youth in Stamford and New Haven, CT. Young people come to us with many challenges; most are living in abject poverty, have had involvement in the criminal justice system, and have experienced homelessness, neglect, abuse, academic failure, and chronic untreated healthcare issues. Our overarching goal is to create the conditions necessary for them to get on a path toward health and opportunity so they can succeed in school and ultimately lead satisfying and productive lives. We do this through three primary service areas: Educational, Community,and Residential  

Looking for in a mentor: Good listener, big heart, nonjudgmental, curious, caring, interested, willing to learn about a different culture or experience,
interested in social justice issues.

Julia Wade

Director of Volunteers



“Opening Doors to Opportunity”

141 Franklin St, Stamford, CT  06901

Women’s Mentoring Network is a non-profit organization serving Lower Fairfield County.  WMN provides the the support needed for low-income women and their families to succeed through our services and programs. The organization is a grassroots organization and was founded in 1990.

Women's Mentoring Network offers a First Generation Achievement Program for the students of our clients. The First Generation Achievement Program services low-income students in Fairfield county. The First Generation Achievement Program provides students with support services that help them to have a plan for after high school, including support to apply for college, technical schools and to seek summer and part-time jobs. A combination of in-office services and group workshops are provided to each student enrolled in our program. Professionals from the community present at the group workshops, including VolunteerSquare, Dollars for Scholars and YouthWorks.

(For the adults, Women's Mentoring Network provides both in-office services and Life Skills Workshops to clients. Professionals from the community volunteer to present at the Life Skills Workshops, which cover both Workforce Development and Financial Literacy. Topics covered include goal setting, resume writing skills, interviewing skills, negotiating skills, budgeting, and various other topics. Women's Mentoring Network also distributes food to clients from its Food Pantry.)

Volunteer Opportunities:

-  Mentor a student that is part of our First Generation Achievement Program 

-  Present a topic in your area of expertise to teens at a Monday afternoon First Generation Achievement Program workshop

-  Provide refreshments or a meal for a a First Generation Achievement Program workshop

-  Sponsor an enrichment activity/outing for families or teens

-  Organize a Christmas Wish List Drive for teens ages 13 – 19

-  Adopt a “Christmas Wish List” family 

-  Provide a job shadowing opportunity for a teenager 

-  Mentor a college graduate entering the workforce 

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