WOD launched its mentoring program on March 1, 2017! This program targets 7th grade girls at Veterans Memorial Family School and R.T. Cream Elementary School, and teen mothers across the city with sessions scheduled at Camden and Woodrow Wilson High Schools. Responsible and caring adults are providing group sessions at the school sites, both during and after school hours, covering socially and culturally relevant topics. Targeting teen mothers is particularly important because they are young parents in need of additional resources and support to prepare themselves and their children to become successful members of society.

Thanks to the school-based youth services program of the Camden City School District and the New Jersey Education Association for funding for the mentoring program.

For more information about becoming a mentor, please contact leslie morris at

7th grade mentees, Veterans Memorial Family School
7th grade mentees, Veterans Memorial Family School

Mentees and Siblings
Mentees and siblings on meet and greet night at Veterans Memorial Family School.

7th Grade mentees, R.T. Cream Elementary School

Benefits of Mentoring

Support for education

  • Mentors help keep students in school.
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip class.
  • Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentees academic skills.

Support with day-to-day living

  • Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem.
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
  • About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spent time.
  • Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills.
  • Mentors provide exposure to new and different environments and lifestyles.

Support in the workplace

  • Mentors can use their personal contacts to help young people meet industry professionals, find internships and locate job possibilities.
  • Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know.
  • Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.
  • Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.