Welcome to the Fighting Back Mentor Program
Mentor Resource Center

The Fighting Back Mentor Program matches students in the fourth to eight grades in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta with trained, compatible adult mentors. Mentors meet with their students for one hour per week at the student’s school campus. The commitment is a minimum of one academic year. Students are referred to the Mentor Program for a variety of reasons including: academic difficulties, challenging family situations, difficulty relating to peers, shyness, and negative behaviors or attitudes. Mentors help build self-confidence, resiliency, and social skills by developing a positive one-on-one relationship where support and friendship are provided. You can learn more about the program here.

You can make a difference! Research has shown that youth who have a positive adult role model are more likely to succeed academically as well as personally. These students are also more likely to avoid becoming involved with negative behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and truancy. Just having someone who listens, supports, and encourages can make a huge difference in the life of a young person. If you are not yet a mentor, and would like to apply, you can begin the mentor application process here.

How to Use this Resource

We at the Fighting Back Mentor Program hope that you will find this online resource center helpful for supporting your relationship with your mentee. We know that at  times you can be at a loss, whether that’s how to help your mentee academically, emotionally, or with family issues, or even just with what to do the next time you see each other. Furthermore, we know that we are not in the office 24/7 and if you need an answer to something right away, we hope that you can turn here for guidance.

We have compiled (and will continue to add to) a wealth of resources for you. Search by keyword, browse through articles, view videos, or refresh your mentoring skills through our links to recommended trainings. Click on the "Resources by Topic" menu for articles and tips on a variety of topics related to mentoring and youth issues.

We are always open to suggestions and hope you will comment on articles, and provide us with feedback about this resource library. After all, it’s designed just for you!

This Resource Center was made possible with funding from
The Towbes Foundation
and the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.