Youth Mentoring Programs

Tucson Corporate Offices
3716 E. Columbia St.
Tucson, AZ 85714
800.944.7611
We are Arizona’s best resource for helping children and families. Our programs target the type of future we all want to see: a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances. It is our commitment to provide a specifically tailored continuum of services to children and families in need. All programs are family focused, strength-based, culturally sensitive and outcome driven.
 
Contact Info varies by field office, see https://dcs.az.gov/about/field-offices for office nearest you in the Pima Region. 
Our vision: Children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect. Our mission: Successfully engage children and families to ensure safety, strengthen families, and achieve permanency. To see all volunteer opportunities, please visit https://dcs.az.gov/media-center/community-partners/volunteer and if you are interested in getting involved with any one program, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form
 
13644 N. Sandario Road
Marana, AZ 85653
Phone: 520.744.9595
Fax: 520.744.2127
Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP), was founded in 1990 by a group of concerned Pima County citizens who sought to provide rural communities in the county access to the services available in the Tucson metro area. In 2006, AZYP expanded to serve rural communities across Arizona and seeks to employ a root cause approach to fighting poverty by building healthy, self-sufficient youth and families through evidence-based prevention programs and community involvement. For more Information about Arizona Youth Partnership and our programs or opportunities to volunteer please contact your nearest location, or please send us an email to azyp [at] azyp [dot] org
 
2520 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-622-4100
To provide accessible education, training, and experiences in the arts for children, particularly those with special needs. To volunteer or intern, call main line and they will discuss their program and your interests to make sure it's a good fit. 
 
160 E Alameda St 
Tucson, Arizona 85701
(520) 624-2447
Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. To that end, our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents and guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success. To begin the Volunteer/Intern process, please visit https://www.soazbigs.org/community-based/
 
140 W. SPEEDWAY, SUITE 230
TUCSON, AZ 85705
520-623-0344
TOLL FREE: 1-800-234-0344
Clients, staff, volunteers, donors... We’re from many backgrounds and many walks of life, but we are all part of the Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona family. Together, our work touches lives, every day, in great and small ways. While our services are many, one thread binds our work together: We help children, families, and individuals live with independence and dignity.
To volunteer/intern, see the numerous opportunities and contact appropriate person listed, https://www.ccs-soaz.org/volunteer
 
Angel Charity Building
2800 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 881-8940
At Child and Family Resources, we build strong communities where children can reach their full potential. We do this by using effective prevention and education strategies with families, teens, and early educators.
While we do not have a formal internship program, we do try our best to provide meaningful experiences for students or interns whenever possible. In order to find yourself a meaningful program experience, we recommend that you identify 2 or 3 programs that may be interested in and contact the program directly to see if there is any internship experience that can be worked out. Current programming exists in the categories of Families, Teens, and Childcare Professionals.  
 
6063 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
520 296-8255
Christian Family Care provides a broad spectrum of services that promote the physical and emotional well being of Arizona children and families. These services include: Foster Care; Adoption; Child and Family Counseling including Family Attachment Counseling and Pregnancy Counseling.
To volunteer/intern, visit https://cfcare.org/get-involved/mentor/
 
Locations and addresses vary
520-791-4873
To fulfill the mission of the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, it is essential to have active participation from citizens in the community.  Whether you're a teen, adult, or senior you can make a difference in your community!  The Department encourages the involvement of volunteers at all levels.  The volunteer program aims to increase and improve the capabilities of staff by effectively using community volunteers and more importantly, to provide a means for people to participate in their community in a fulfilling, fun and rewarding way.
To view all General Volunteer Opportunities, please visit https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/od?from=316134 and click on the program of choice in the menu on the left hand side menu. 
For additional information or questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator,TPRDVolunteers [at] tucsonaz [dot] gov or by phone at 520-837-8043
 
Main Office
2025 North 3rd Street, Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 283-1573
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. We have a unique model that connects the latest scientific and medical advancements to practical, effective interventions in the treatment of behavioral health.
We were founded in 1912 by one of the first pioneers in the field, Helena Devereux. Today, we are a national nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare. Informed by the latest advancements in science and medicine, we combine evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement to help change lives. Our programs are offered in hospital and residential, community, and school-based settings.
To volunteer or get involved, please review the programs they offer and reach out to appropriate office listed here, http://www.devereux.org/site/PageServer?pagename=az_contact. Programs are offered in Tucson and Phoenix. 
 
1051 N. Columbus Blvd. Suite 103
Tucson, Arizona 85711
520.495.0704
For over 30 years Divorce Recovery Support Groups have been helping persons ending relationships (divorced/ separated/unmarried) and needing support in the process of this transition journey. To get involved, contact the office directy for the application and screening process. 
 
7750 E. Broadway, Suite A200 Administrative Office
Tucson, AZ 85710
520-327-1529
Easterseals Blake Foundation is dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live healthy, productive and independent lives. Our educational, therapeutic, family support and community living programs are designed in accordance with our mission: to enable each individual served to discover and meet his or her maximum potential for independent, productive living and developmental growth. Volunteer information can be found at http://www.easterseals.com/blakefoundation/get-involved/volunteer/
 
Tucson Resource Center
4300 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 327-2288
We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer/intern, please click here
 
An exciting and innovative program that strives to empower youth to make positive choices through structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors. GoodGuides supports youth in career planning, school completion, and post-secondary education and training by helping youth, ages 12-17, with risk factors who would benefit from a positive mentoring experience. To apply, click on the program link above. 
 
University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH)
Health Promotion Sciences
1295 N Martin Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724

Designed in 2011, the Growing Girls program aims to reduce bullying among fifth and sixth grade girls by offering a comprehensive 20-week after-school program that promotes girls’ development and relationships. Drawing on Bronfrenbenner’s Socioecological Theory and Bandura’s Social Learning Theory, the program utilizes an evidence-based curriculum, Go Grrrls by LeCroy & Daley. The content was expanded to include bullying, body image, decision making skills, friendship and rejection, assertive communication, managing negative thoughts and coping skills, identifying resourceful people when help is needed, media influence on self-perception, and visions for the future.

Want to be a Group Leader? Internships and volunteer opportunities are available during the school year! Interns/volunteers would assist in lesson facilitation, curriculum management, and program evaluation. To apply, please send your resume to Lindsay Bingham (Program Manager) at lbingham [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu.

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH)
Health Promotion Sciences
1295 N Martin Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724

GAME!, developed during the 2017-2018 school year, is a boys’ psychosocial intervention modeled after its partner program: Growing Girls. Created in partnership with parents, youth, and school administrators, GAME! is an original program designed to provide boys with information and skill-building opportunities to aid in the transition to middle school. Up to twenty five 5th and 6th grade boys attend weekly after-school sessions where they participate in structured, team-based play and learn - through mentorship and interactive education - about aggression and bullying, self-esteem, collaboration and communication, gender roles and stereotypes, healthy physical and emotional development, responsibility, peer pressure, and conflict management. Father volunteers are also recruited to assist with lesson delivery and provide positive mentorship.

Want to be a Group Leader? Internships and volunteer opportunities are available during the school year! Interns/volunteers would assist in lesson facilitation, curriculum management or development, and program evaluation. To apply, please send your resume to Lindsay Bingham (Program Manager) at lbingham [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

 
Tucson Office 
6339 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 109 
Tucson, AZ 85710 
520.792.2000
For the last 60 years, Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) has been empowering the futures of millions of Arizona students by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Delivered by 9,500 business and community volunteer mentors, our hands-on, age-appropriate programs focus on three key areas: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. To volunteer visit, https://www.jaaz.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer-with-ja/
 
LifeSTEP Program
University of Arizona, Department of Psychology
(520)403-2010 
The psychology clinic has established a community service agency that provides undergraduate life skills trainers (and mentors) to school-aged youth with emotional and/or behavioral problems. These vast majority of these youth are from low income underrepresented groups in Tucson and struggle with a variety of emotional and behavior problems. We are currently accepting applications for next semester.  As a LifeSTEP (Life Skills Training and Enhancement Program) intern, you would be meeting with your assigned youth about once a week for about 4 hours each time. Activities might include going to the movies, getting an ice cream, going bowling or spending time at a park, etc. (you would be reimbursed for your expenses including gas).  You would receive 2 units of internship credit (Psychology 493A) one 1 additional unit of workshop credit (Psychology 497A), and you would have the opportunity to receive training in this area.  If you are interested (and are at least 18 years old), please complete the attached application & email it back to Julie Feldman: julief [at] arizona [dot] edu.  We are especially in need of male interns (due to the large number of older boys in desperate need of a positive role model), but we are also in need of many female interns as well! Applications are available mid semester. Students will be notified of the opportunity through the psychology email listserv.
 
2020 Forbes Blvd #102
Tucson, AZ 85745
520.322.5253
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. Volunteer information, https://www.madd.org/volunteer/
 
101 W. 44th Street
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 624-4765
Our mission is to match quality adult mentors with at-risk youth in the community. “At-risk” means that statistically these young people are more susceptible to alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, and delinquent behavior. These boys and girls ages 6-17 are matched with responsible, caring adults who are committed to sustaining a consistent partnership for at least one year. This close relationship promotes positive change by allowing the youth to see first-hand an alternative way of living that leads to a quality life. Become a mentor, http://www.1on1mentoringtucson.org/become-a-mentor/
 
130 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 724-9999
From caring for stately saguaros in Tucson Mountain Park to overseeing after-school recreation programs, we add a vital dimension to the lives of our residents and visitors. We invite you to hike and play in our parks or take one of the many classes we offer. To volunteer/intern, please visit, http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=261784
 
924 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
520-791-2711
The Pima Prevention Partnership specializes in helping underserved adolescents and their families. We operate four charter schools, grades 6-12, in both Tucson and Phoenix. We also provide extensive prevention services, restorative justice through the Pima County Teen Court, substance abuse treatment and recovery support for teens, and family strengthening workshops. Combined, our services reach over 11,000 youth and families each year. To volunteer/intern, please visit http://www.thepartnership.us/az-rise-mentoring/.  
 
4751 N. 15th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-277-7526
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) is Planned Parenthood’s advocacy and political arm in Arizona and the state’s largest nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to protecting access to sexual and reproductive health care. PPAA is fighting for every person’s freedom and right to make reproductive choices, enjoy sexual health and wellbeing, and build healthy, strong families by educating voters, public officials, and candidates for public office. To intern, complete the application, https://volunteerppaz.wufoo.com/forms/volunteer-application-form/
 
802 E. 46th Street
Tucson, AZ 85713
520-622-3553
In 1967, while working for the Head Start program, Dr. Arnold wrote a grant proposal and submitted it to the Tucson War on Poverty Program, which was funded by grants initiated by the Kennedy/Johnson administration. The grant was funded at $19,000 and PPEP was born. Contact them directly for internship opportunities, https://www.ppep.org/contactppep/
 
2155 E. Allen Rd 
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-326-0060
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families. Volunteers can help the local Ronald McDonald House by serving as a House Volunteer or a Driver
 
TROT provides equine-assisted activities and therapies for children with physical and developmental disabilities. TROT serves children with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, hearing/vision impairments, and other special needs.
Volunteers are vital to our programs and without them we do not ride! We need volunteers to groom and tack horses, walk beside disabled riders with poor balance or lead horses. No previous experience with horses or disabilities is necessary – you will be taught everything you need to know. Learn more, http://www.trotarizona.org/how-you-can-help/
 
The Children’s Museum Tucson was founded as the Southwest Children’s Exploratory Center in November 1986 in a small space on Pennington Street. Our founders believed play was an essential part of learning for children. As it grew, it migrated to the Historic Y on University, and moved to its current location in the historic Carnegie Library in 1991.
Volunteers help with camps, special events and Museum programs. The museum also hosts large community events several times a year, where volunteers play an important part of the Museum team. Volunteer positions available and application accessible at, http://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/get-involved/volunteer/
 
At Tu Nidito we are dedicated to our mission of creating a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief. It is our vision that no child grieves alone. More than 20 years ago, we filled a need in our community by building a successful non-profit agency dedicated to supporting children impacted by serious medical conditions and death. Since then, we have served the needs of our community’s children and have experienced phenomenal growth. To learn more about how to get involved, please visit their volunteer page at https://www.tunidito.org/get-involved/volunteer/