Mentor a Teen in Foster Care



Times of day


Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


515 M Street Southeast
Suite 217
District of Columbia
United States


Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) mentors change the lives of children ages 12 to 21 in foster care.

Through sharing new experiences, having fun, and being a consistent caring presence, mentors help teens gain confidence, make wise choices, and have greater hopefulness for the future. DCFYI mentors change lives!

Family & Youth Initiative offers:

  • Training and support;
  • Fun monthly activities for participating teens and adults;
  • A wonderful community of adults and teens who genuinely care for and support each other.

We work with children 12 to 21 who are in DC foster care and waiting for adoptive families. DCFYI teens are placed in foster homes across the area (mostly in DC and Prince George’s County).

We make "natural matches" between mentors and mentees. Adults and teens get to know each other at DCFYI monthly events. We make mentoring marches based on the relationships that form at the events and with the express interest of both adult and teen.


  • Be at least 21 years old 
  • Spend at least eight hours a month with their mentees;
  • Make a two-year commitment to their mentee, once matched, because these are teens who need lasting relationships;
  • Do reports on time spent with their mentee.
  • Keep current on required background clearances.


  • Training Provided