“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity--it is a prerequisite. And yet, we have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. And half of the students who begin college never finish. This is a prescription for economic decline.”

— President BARACK Obama, 2009 State of the Union ADDRESS


According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2016), youth under the age of 18 make up 23% of the United States population and represent the future of our nation.  This population faces many challenges that were previously unheard of, including globalization of resources, including jobs, as well as a swiftly changing technological community.  In order to compete, they must have education, experience, and support.  However, many students, especially those in urban areas, become disenfranchised with education and lost once in middle school and high school.  These students fail to see the connection with classroom learning and skills for real world survival.  On top of that, schools are facing the difficult challenge of providing learning opportunities of essential skills in a number of areas, while meeting state standards.

The Mentoring by Example Foundation, Inc. emphasizes the importance of education and its relationship to the world of work; underscores the importance of post-secondary education; and, creates career awareness opportunities, for youth and young adults.


2020: Goal Year for America to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world


In school systems across the United States, Boards of Education have set goals to transform the educational experience of students to ensure that 100% are college and workforce ready and competitive in the 21st century economy. However reaching this goal requires more than just higher student performance. Humanitarians, businesses, parents, school leaders, policy makers, and the community must commit to connecting students to attractive, innovative, focused, educational opportunities in order to truly help them prepare for the future and lifelong success.

Linking students to organized, high functioning after school experiences is challenging.  And as the youth population grows so has the need for groups to offer programs and services that support this growing group.  Just as the youth population continues to grow, so has the research on the ability of mentoring to help reshape education.  The blending of mentoring with after-school enrichment forms a unique relationship full of credible benefits.  The Mentoring by Example Foundation stands in the intersection of this union with our programs to provide career and academic guidance, as well as individualized support.

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of at risk youth in a mentoring program will finish high school and attend college


of at risk youth in a mentoring program volunteer in the community on a regular basis


of at risk youth in a mentoring program will return to the program to mentor other at risk youth

Programs & Services


The Foundation was developed for youth and young adults, ages 12 – 25, primarily living in and around the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.  The Foundation’s programs and services are led by a cadre of business professionals and volunteers and are offered year-round, with increased activities, during school breaks.   The Foundation provides this information by presenting classes, workshops, clinics, interviews, lectures and slideshows at community centers, churches, schools, libraries and other public venues.  We also utilize our website, social networking sites, and various other social media outlets such as discussion forums and blogs.

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While the mandate described by the mission of the Foundation is broad, the Foundation’s Board of Directors has adopted priorities in order to focus impact and resources. The Foundation’s priorities are based on the Foundation’s actual ability to influence positive change in the near present future as well as the likelihood that efforts in these areas will lead to greater at-large changes in the long term. Additionally, these priorities guide decisions in project development and other programmatic activities.

  • Mentoring

  • Education Transformation

  • Empowerment & Family Asset Building

  • Economic Development & Urban Planning

  • Leveraging Opportunities In the Business Industry

  • Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector

  • Community & Arts Integration

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Mentoring has been around for centuries. The first mentor, Athena, was described by Greek poet Homer as the "wise and trusted counselor" whom Odysseus left in charge while he traveled. Athena was the guardian and teacher of Odysseus' son Telemachus. Now in modern times, mentoring is found in practically every application of life and learning. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. If you live in or around the Washington, District of Columbia Metropolitan Area, get involved as a mentor to make a difference. After thorough background checks, we accept volunteers at various skill levels. There is a rotation in roles, but we teach the skills volunteers need to know. Students can earn community service credits for school.

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