Friday Night Live Mentoring

What is FNL Mentoring?
FNL Mentoring is a youth development and prevention program which matches 7th and 8th grade "protégés" from Toyon, Mark Twain, and Avery Middle Schools with older, wiser 10th-12th grade "mentors" from Calaveras and Bret Harte High Schools. The mentors and protégés meet once a week after school for structured, supervised and fun activities
highlighting important teen issues such as peer pressure, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, body image, cyber-bullying, resistance techniques, and self-esteem. Each week matched mentors and protégés spend one-on-one time together building a friendship that crosses age and school boundaries. The FNL Mentoring program is almost entirely youth-led, which means that the students run the show! With the help of a few very cool adults, mentors and protégés make FNL Mentoring happen.

What’s great about being an FNL mentor?
Mentors in the FNL Mentoring Program empower themselves to be active leaders and community resources. They form a close friendship with a middle school student they otherwise would not have the opportunity to know. Mentors participate in programming that is rich in opportunities and is designed to offer young people support to engage in healthy behaviors, achieve in school, and attend higher education or secure a full-time job.

What’s great about being an FNL protégé?
Protégés in the FNL Mentoring Program build a close friendship with an older student who will be there to help them bridge the gap between middle school and high school. Every year protégés participate in an FNL Mentoring Shadow Day in which each protégé gets to spend a full day with their mentor at high school meeting their mentor’s friends, participating in high school classes, and learning what to expect when they themselves become high school students.    

What are mentors and protégés saying about FNL Mentoring?

  • "I learned to accept people who are different from me."
  • "I realise no act of kindness will ever go unnoticed."
  • "Mentoring taught me that no matter who you are or what your personality is, there will always be someone who accepts you."
  • "I learned even I can help someone; I can make a difference."

What are the benefits of FNL Mentoring?
The Friday Night Live Mentoring Program provides many benefits to young people:

  • Introduces young people to the concept of volunteerism
  • Encourages young people to develop programs that are fun and meaningful
  • Promotes healthy youth culture through shared experiences
  • Encourages peer-oriented programming (youth-driven and youth-led)
  • Develops skills, such as communication, teamwork and active listening
  • Encourages and empowers young people as active leaders and community resources
  • Has broad appeal to diverse ethnic, racial and social groups
  • Encourages youth to engage in mutually beneficial relationships with peers and younger youth

FNL Mentoring Standards of Practice 
Youth Development research indicates youth need opportunities to contribute to their communities in safe, meaningful and healthy ways. FNL Mentoring is positive youth development at its best. The following standards of practice for FNL Mentoring have been developed. 
Participants will:

  • Experience a safe environment.
  • Have opportunities for involvement and connection to community and school.
  • Have opportunities for leadership and advocacy.
  • Have opportunities to engage in meaningful skill building activities that are designed to capture the interest and participation of young people.
  • Have opportunities for caring and meaningful relationships among youth and with adults.

History of FNL Mentoring 
The FNL Mentoring Program was developed in 1998 to build upon the success of the California Friday Night Live (FNL) Program, which is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Calaveras County established an FNL Mentoring Program chapter in October 2007 after receiving a grant through the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. Services are provided to Bret Harte and Calaveras High School 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, who mentor Avery, Toyon, and Mark Twain 7th and 8th grade students. Current funding for the Calaveras County FNL Mentoring Program is provided by Calaveras County Behavioral Health. FNL Mentoring is administered by the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program and the Calaveras County Office of Education. For more information about FNL Programs, please see the California Friday Night Live Partnership website.

How do I participate in FNL Mentoring?
Thank you for your interest in FNL Mentoring! Please contact Lindsey Titus, FNL Mentoring Program Coordinator, to learn more about how you get get involved. 

FNL Mentoring Program Contact Information:                   

Lindsey Titus, FNL Mentoring Program Coordinator.


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 760
Angels Camp, CA 95221

Phone: (209) 736-6093
Fax: (209) 736-2138