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Mentoring Program


Donate a Memory

Youth mentoring programs have a profound effect on the quality of life for ‘at-risk’ identified children everywhere.  Mentored kids are significantly less likely than their peers to use illegal drugs or alcohol, skip school or be welfare dependent as adults.  In addition, these children were significantly more likely to graduate from high school and from a college or university.

You probably also know that LGBT youth are at higher risk than their peers.  All too often, LGBT youth are met with harassment and violence at home, at school, and in the community at large.  That can lead to significantly higher rates of substance abuse, suicide attempts and completions; truancy; school drop-outs; running away and homelessness. The True Colors Mentoring Program brings the benefits of mentoring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth across Connecticut.


True Colors’ focuses our holiday efforts on helping our young people make new and very special memories.  For many, the holidays are especially difficult – everyone’s talking about ‘family’ and they have been rejected by theirs…  When people donate tickets to activities, the youth and their mentor get to do something unique and special. 

  1. PURCHASE 2 OR MORE TICKETS TO ANY ACTIVITY IN CONNECTICUT (some ideas are below for your convenience)

    True Colors, Donate a Memory Program, 30 Arbor Street, Suite 201A, Hartford, CT  06106

The Clay Pen: http://www.theclaypen.com/ (860) 233-3322

Pottery Piazza:  http://www.thepotterypiazza.net/ (860) 517-8553         
$26 per person (all inclusive)

Stone Rock Wall:  http://www.stoneagerockgym.com/   (860) 645-0015    
$15.25 per person (day pass)

Mystic Aquarium:  http://www.mysticaquarium.org/   (860) 572-5955  
 $30 for adults; $26 for youth


True Colors’ Mentoring Programs

One on One Mentoring and Group Mentoring

In 2003, in conjunction with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF), True Colors created the only state-wide One on One Mentoring Program for LGBTIQ youth. The pilot program started with 10 mentees and 10 mentors. Today the program provides services for over 100 youth! With so many youth in need to services, we have an extensive waiting list and in 2009 added a Group Mentoring Program for our unmatched youth.

Community member interested in volunteering for either program must fill out an application form, pass a DCF background check and provide references. Once these steps have been completed, volunteers will participate in a 6 hour mentor training program that will introduce them to the needs of our youth. This training focuses on the William Bridges Transition Framework as well as LGBT issues and issues specific to our youth.

The One on One Mentoring Program is best summed up as “the gay big brothers/big sisters.” The majority of our youth come from the Department of Children and Families. Youth who participate in this program are matched with a True Colors mentor for a period of one year. However, our expectation is that this relationship will extend beyond this time period. Once matched, mentors and mentees are given two assignments and asked to set goals for the following year. From there it’s up to them to decide how they’re going to spend their time together!

Adults who wish to participate in the One on One Mentoring Program must meet the following criteria:

          • Must be at least 24 years of age.
          • Must sign a confidentiality agreement.
          • Must participate in the New Mentor Training.
          • Must agree to record the times and dates of each contact and submit that report monthly.
          • Must check the YAHOO! Mentor Group at least weekly.
          • Must attend AT LEAST 4 group events and activities per year and AT LEAST 4 monthly mentor trainings and feedback sessions.
          • Must agree to be a mentor, or to be available as a mentor, for a period of no less than 1 year Once matched, must agree to contact their mentee AT LEAST 4 times per month, with a minimum of 3 monthly face-to-face meetings.

The Group Mentoring Program introduces sexual and gender minority youth who are currently on the waiting list for a One on One Mentor to the LGBT community through monthly activities and events. The role of a Group Mentor is to begin to help foster a positive, safe, and healthy introduction to the various communities we represent.

Adults who wish to participate in the Group Mentoring Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Must participate in the New Mentor Training.
  • Must provide transportation to at least 4 monthly activities and events per year.
  • Must be willing to listen to our youth.
  • Must be willing to chaperone events.
  • Must participate in a range of activities from nature hikes to game nights.
  • Help transmit the rich culture and history of the LGBT community.
  • Utilize their own talents to help mentees foster their own.
  • Model good behavior and healthy relationships.

Click here for the True Colors One-on-One or Group Mentoring Program Information. 






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