Founded in 2000, The Mentoring by Example Foundation's aims is to support youth and young adults with mentoring, counseling, and other related services.  Our goal is to help develop smart, resilient, empowered young adults across the country. The Foundation's philanthropic approach centers on three focus areas that reflect our mission, values and expertise: Education, Economic Development, and Empowerment. The intent behind this approach is to create unified value for our organization and the community we serve. 


  • Founded: 2000, incorporated 2011

  • Founder & Sr. Executive Director: LaChaundra M. Graham

  • Corporate Office: Maryland

The Foundation focuses its efforts in three areas:

  1. Educate: Provide opportunities for under-served and under-represented youth and young adults of society in the areas intellectual, moral, and social instruction, connections to higher education, and mentorship

  2. Economic Development: Provide programs and services that improve the economic well-being and quality of life for youth and young adults and the communities in which they live.

  3. Empowerment: Provide opportunities to for youth and young adults to develop a sense of autonomy and self-confidence, as well as act collectively to change the social relationships, institutions, and discourses that exclude youth and young adults and limit their ability to thrive.

Target Population: In 2010 the Prince George’s county total population was recorded at 863,420 of which 116,629 were between the ages of 16 to 24.[1]  The poverty rate for the county is recorded as 6.7%1 of which 10.9%[2]  are youth.  35.4% of the total population became unwed parents before the age of 18[3].  Of the population 25 years and older, 13.6% obtained less than a high school education, with 28.9% obtaining a general equivalency diploma[4].  3% of the counties’ youth drop out of school before completing the 12th grade, while suspensions are recorded at 10.5% [4].  In 2009, there were 4,824 arrests recorded for youth ages 10-17, for violent and non-violent offenses.[5]

[1] US Census Bureau, Census 2010 and 2000 Census, PL94-171 release. [2] American Community Survey 2010. [3] Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 2009. [4]Maryland State Department of Education. [5] The Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book Online. Accessed 04/2011.