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City of Buffalo / PAL Youth Recreational Mentoring Program (Year-Round)


Mentor or partnership programs connect youth with caring adults who have specific skills and knowledge (mentors) with individuals (protégés) who need or want the same skills and advantages to move up in work, skill level, or school performance. Participants in mentor programs, both young and old, share their values and personal goals in a mutually respectful, supportive way which leads to a more enriched life for both. A successful mentor program helps break down barriers and creates opportunities for success.


Among youth in mentoring programs, there have been recorded increases in:

  • Self-esteem
  • Regard for and comfort with members of other races
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with other adults
  • Decision-making ability in the career-choice process
  • Mentoring programs may noticeably increase school attendance among mentees
  • Roles of non-familial adults in the lives of at-risk children have been shown to be beneficial in increasing resiliency and success
  • In programs that specialize in youth mentoring, people from outside a youth’s everyday world cooperate to build positive assets for the youth, giving the community a stake in her or his future
  • Mentor programs open new opportunities and understanding for mentors and protégés
  • Mentor programs offer a way to pass valuable skills and knowledge from person to person
  • Passing opportunities along from one person to another helps ensure that those living in a community have the ability to maintain and improve it
  • Mentors and role models have a chance to create a new relationship and enjoy successfully teaching someone something new

Ages: 8-18 years old (Boys only)

Dates: Wednesday’s

Time: 6:00  – 8:00 pm

Location: Resource Council of WNY (347 E Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14208)

Community Center Locations

Asarese Matters-50 Reese St. Buffalo, 14213 Phone: 716-886-1040
Hennepin- 24 Ludington St. Buffalo, 14206 Phone: 896-2083
JFK- 114 Hickory St. Buffalo, 14204 Phone: 716-852-0409
Lincoln (Will travel to Hennipen) -10 Quincy St. Buffalo, 14212 Phone: 716-891-4734
Machnica- 1799 Clinton St. Buffalo, 14206 Phone: 716-824-5397
Tosh Collins- 35 Cazenovia St. Buffalo, 14220 Phone: 716-828-1445