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Be a mentor or mentee

Mentor (say: men-tor) = A trusted counselor or guide. Mentee (say: men-tee) = Someone who is being mentored.

A mentor is someone who helps another person learn things that he or she would not have learned as well or as fast on his or her own. A mentor can be many things — friend, role model, tutor, or all of these at once.

There are two types of mentoring:

  • School-based mentoring – The mentor and mentee meet at school and work on homework together. This helps the mentee do better in school.
  • Community-based mentoring – The mentor and mentee meet outside of school. Mentors can play the role of friend, role model, and sometimes, tutor. One program you may have heard of is Big Brothers/Big Sisters, which works to bring adults and teens together. Some things a mentor and mentee might do together include going out to eat, going to a game, or working on homework together.

A girl tutoring a younger boy.A mentor can offer a young person emotional support and friendship and can often be a good source for advice. In fact, teens often talk to their mentors about things they might not feel okay talking about with their parents/guardians.

If you want to find a mentor or become one, ask your parents/guardians to help you. A good place to start is Mentor, a group that helps connect mentors and mentees.

When looking for a mentor, try to find one who likes the same things you do.


Content last reviewed September 22, 2009
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.