Become A Mentor

Children in foster care need a reliable and caring adult in their lives. Want to learn how you can help? Becoming a mentor and building a stable relationship can have a lifelong impact on a child. Help shape a future by building self-esteem and self-confidence as well as providing encouragement for a growing child. Get started on making a difference today.

Our Mission

The mission of the Have a Heart Mentor Program is to connect youth in care with a consistent, devoted, and safe adult with whom they can build a meaningful, longstanding relationship. Someone to:
  • Support, guide, and believe in them.
  • Help teach life skills and share in milestones.
  • Provide experiences.
  • Encourage them and promote self-esteem.
  • Recognize their strengths.
  • Encourage development of new interests, aspirations, and skills.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Simply be there.


The Have a Heart Mentor Program affords youth in foster care the opportunity to build a meaningful, longstanding relationship with a caring and consistent adult, someone who can offer sound advice, teach new skills, believes in them, and encourages them to be the best version of themselves.

Mentoring is essential to everyone’s development and is that much more critical for a youth experiencing foster care.  Most youth in care have large teams of professionals wrapped around them, however, consistent connections decrease the longer a youth is in foster care.  A mentor may be the only reliable relationship or resemblance of a family in the life of a youth in care.

The Have a Heart Mentor Program serves youth ages 12-18 who are in the legal custody of Washoe County Human Services Agency.  Youth are typically residing in an out-of-home foster care setting but may be living with a parent.

Check out the FAQ’s and contact us to learn more about what your role as a mentor would entail.

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