Youth Mentoring Connection

"Saving two lives at a time"

aka YMC   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.youthmentoring.org

Mission

• Our mission is to transform the lives of at-risk youth by caring for their wounds and shining a light on their gifts, through an ongoing mentoring community, creative expression, and life-changing experiences; thus inspiring them to become thriving adults. • Our vision is of safe communities worldwide using our Gifts Centered Approach to bring vital connection, love and healing into the lives of at-risk youth, so they may live fully into their passion and purpose.

Ruling year info

2001

Founder/CEO

Mr. Tony LoRe

Director of Programs

Ms. Juliana Wells

Main address

4103 W. Adams Blvd., 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90018 USA

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EIN

95-4845105

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Worksite Mentoring Programs

YMC collaborates with HBO, Warner Bros., Paramount, MTV, Viacom Network, to provide worksite-based mentoring to over at-risk middle and high school students annually.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Community-based mentoring programs match at-risk high school and middle school students with caring adult volunteers for highly structured and supported mentoring programs. 

• Children’s Hospital, as part of the Mayor’s Gang Reduction Youth Initiative
• California Community Foundation (CCF), as part of PAT (Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow) increasing youth participation in organized sports, music and recreation in Los Angeles which includes our Surf Program
• L.A. County Probation Department, to identify and recruit young black males and redirect them through employment and education opportunities through the CCF BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) initiative.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Intensive staff support for youth in mentoring programs who are in crisis.  Support includes: counseling, transportation, housing referrals, and intensive mentoring and guidance by YMC Youth Support Workers, known as the "street team."

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Surfing Summer Mentoring program, serving over 200 mentees each summer in collaboration with Boarding House Mentors and Stoked Mentoring
Winter snowboarding trips, in collaboration with Boarding House Mentors and Stoked Mentoring
Urban Oasis Film Academy, offering mentees the opportunity to create and produce a short film
ECHO, a gender-specific discussion group for teens
Free tickets for mentors and mentees to local sporting and arts events

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

This flagship YMC program offers an intense, 4-day experience which prepares youth to enter their mentoring relationships.  100 high school-aged mentors and mentees travel with staff and mentors to Big Bear each fall to participate as a community in vital rites of passage missing from our society.

Specific Retreat Program activities include: Ice breaker (get to know each other) activities, Drumming, Reading, Poetry Writing, Mask and Gift Making, Horseback Riding, Conquering a Ropes Course and a Rock Wall, Nighttime Campfire Story Telling, Nature Hiking, Singing, and Tolerance, Conflict Resolution, and Violence Prevention Workshops.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Helps to connect youth with the resources and life skills they may need to transition into adulthood and live a productive and healthy life.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Due to socio-economic conditions in urban communities, youth are increasingly becoming disconnected from positive and healthy pursuits. Too often they turn to the influences of drugs, alcohol, violence or gangs. The surfing community that we create connects with at-risk youth through the exhilaration of surfing in order to broaden their life experiences with positive, healthy, non-competitive activities that may have a significant impact on their self-image and self-confidence.

Youth involved in our surfing programs learn the sport in a fun, supportive environment under the supervision of experienced surfers who share the positive impact that surfing has had on their lives.

The program runs 6 Sundays a summer for 60-70 youth. YMC provides transportation; insurance; and staff members to coordinate the transportation, releases, equipment set-up, surf boards, rash guards, water & food, canopies, and volunteers on the day of the event.

To date, over 1,000 youth have participated in this transformative surfing program. For many of our youth, this means seeing the beach for the first time in their lives and others, who did not know how to swim, learning to be comfortable in the water. Our youth face enormous obstacles and live in high crime areas where they are constantly exposed to gangs, drugs, and violence. Surfing is a retreat from the daily environment they face, and many use the sea to heal their wounds.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

In Recognition of Youth Mentoring Connection Day 2005

City of Los Angeles

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Worksite Mentoring Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

77% of our 600 youth served reported likelihood of avoiding risky behaviors, in this case, avoiding drugs.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed healthy relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Worksite Mentoring Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid using illegal substances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Worksite Mentoring Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mentored graduated high school seniors attending college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Worksite Mentoring Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of mentored high school seniors graduating high school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Worksite Mentoring Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

YMC’s overarching goal is for at risk youth to find stability and support systems to guide them on a path toward healthy lifestyles and educational, personal, career, and economic achievement in adulthood. YMC exists to help its youth overcome the obstacles they face and understands the important role that education plays in accomplishing this.

YMC's mentoring model incorporates the following programs that lead to achieving our goal:

Mentoring Program -- Our model of mentee/mentor recruitment and training, group and 1:1 mentoring, case management, staff monitoring, life skills workshops, parental involvement, and rap sessions produce program outcomes that surpass national averages. Mentoring programs are held at our offices, corporate sponsors, and community centers throughout Los Angeles each year.

Mentee Initiation Retreat -- 100 youth spend four days in the mountains in a gender separated journey of self-discovery, healing, and awareness. This initiatory experience is followed by nine months of consistent, powerful, and directed mentoring provided within a support system of guidance and counseling.

Urban Oasis Film Academy -- For 3 months, 4-8 hours per week, youth are empowered with the tools, knowledge, and instruction required to express themselves in the film medium, giving voice to their stories, while also awakening the possibility of employment in the film industry. Many of the participants go on to study or work in the area of writing or filmmaking or are offered an internship by one of our corporate sponsors.

Surf Program -- For 6 Sundays, 60-70 youth are transported to the beach during the summer for a day of surfing. YMC combines our community mentoring model with the exhilaration of board sports in the spirit of "sawubona" (South African Zulu word for "I see you") and the Aloha spirit (attitude of friendly acceptance and a powerful way to resolve problems, accomplish goals, and achieve a positive state of mind). Youth feel the support of a caring community, develop greater self-confidence, and make life-changing choices.

GYST Program -- The Get Your Stuff Together (GYST) program began in February of 2015 as an adjunct to our core program. Participants are offered life skills workshops and information regarding community resources available to youth. Participating youth work to attain goals that include stable employment, permanent housing, job/life skills, sobriety and more. When participants complete an existing 9-month YMC program during a given year, they are then offered to participate in GYST. An intake document is then filled out during an interview, and goals are set for the youth to achieve during the next 12 months.

Youth Mentoring Connection is governed by a board of directors that provides leadership, determines policy, and ensures that the mission of the organization is fulfilled. The CEO and Founder, Tony LoRe, oversees the entire program and its planning, implementation, and evaluation. In addition to the hundreds of volunteers that serve as mentors, he is assisted by the Director of Programs, Juliana Wells; the Program Manager, Derrion Wyatt; the Accounting Manager, Ingrid Hernandez; and 6 program assistants and coordinators. And 450 volunteers assist our staff and board with meeting our goals.

The key elements of YMC's approach to mentoring are Initiation, Instant Community, A Gift Centered Approach, and Innovative Mentoring. Our model provides consistent supervision of our mentor matches by staff, and the minimum commitment level for the matches to meet is once per week via phone, Skype, or face-to-face, plus once every other week face-to-face in a facilitated group meeting. Most of our matches continue to see each other throughout the year, and approximately 85% return to the formal program when it starts up again. The majority of our matches make lifelong relationships.

Our vision is to establish an Urban Oasis for our youth to drop in, interact with others, attend program sessions and more. We have not accomplished this yet, but we are working on it and hope to reach this goal in the near future.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Youth Mentoring Connection

Board of directors
as of 6/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Erin Hiley

VP, Sr. Legal Counsel - American Specialty Health

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mallary Reznik

SVP and Deputy General Counsel, AIG Life & Retirement

Term: 2021 - 2023

Linda LoRe

InJoy Global

Tony LoRe

COO/Founder - Youth Mentoring Connection

George Shohet

Law Offices of George A. Shohet

Jeff Teich

VP Legal Affairs - Warner Bros.

Patrick Bynum

SR VP Human Resources CBS/Viacom

Michael Williams

Owner - MEW Entertainment

Paulette Pantoja

CEO/President - BluFocus

Erin Hiley

VP, Sr. Legal Counsel - American Specialty Health

Mallary Reznik

SVP & Deputy General Counsel AIG Life and Retirement

Michael Dutcher

Partner at Strategic Revolution

Larry Baird

Chief Marketing Officer - TV4 Entertainment, COO - Screambox

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data