Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program


Who are CYMP Mentors?

Mentors are safe adults who provide consistent, one-to-one support to Calaveras youth in achieving their goals and reaching their potential. They spend at least two hours a week with their assigned "mentee" for at least a year. We fully screen, monitor and support our volunteer mentors and mentees, and provide training, field trips and mentor counsel.  

Who are CYMP Mentees?

Mentees are motivated young people in 1st through 12th grades who want to make a new friend and enjoy new experiences. Being matched with a mentor is a privilege and a lot of fun. Mentees must live in Calaveras County and be recommended to the Mentoring Program by an adult outside their family. 

Our Mission

The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program connects local youth with safe, positive mentors who offer friendship, opportunity and support for making healthy life decisions.


The Program

The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program has maintained a reputation for excellence since it was founded in 2003. The program is based on international Best Practices for mentoring programs and continues to use the national Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Programs to inform program operation. In 2010, a group of community members formed the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation to secure the program's funding and future.   

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Am I ready to be a mentor?

As you think about becoming a CYMP Mentor, please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I at least 18 years of age?

  • Am I in a stable place in my life?

  • Am I able to be supportive and nonjudgmental of other people's decisions and lifestyles?

  • Can I make the required commitment to the program, understanding that the screening and matching process could take several months?

  • Will I be able to meet with my mentee once a week for at least one year?

  • Do I have a valid CA driver’s license?


Am I cool enough?

We are only asking you to be a friend, not a superhero. You and your mentee will share activities you both enjoy and our program staff is dedicated to matching you based on similar interests. 

The Mentoring Program provides training and support, fun activities and ideas, and an eager child; you develop a friendship that can last a lifetime.

Learn more at a one-hour Info Session!

Not ready yet?   

It takes more than mentors for our matches to happen! 




Thank you for your support!

Calaveras Community Foundation

Prevent Child Abuse Council Calaveras

Dignity Health/Mark Twain Medical Center

Calaveras County Office of Education

and many others…see the Support Us page!


RSVP for an Information Session

Send a message below or call 209 736 6078. This is the first step to learning about the role of a mentor and how to apply. No commitment, just information. 

September 16            Monday 5 - 6pm

October 10                Thursday 11 - Noon

November 1              Friday 5 - 6pm

Name *

Calaveras County Office of Education
P.O. Box 760
Angels Camp, CA 95221

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KAila Gaffney

Coordinator, Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program

(209) 736-6078 Direct

(209) 736-2138 Fax


Shira harris

Coordinator, Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program

(209) 736-6095 Direct

(209) 736-2138 Fax