With the help of community-based volunteers, WYN ensures that youth ages 6-17  have a role model and advocate to help them through adolescence. Mentors serve a unique role in the life of a child that is different from that of a parent, teacher, or friend.  While simply spending time with their mentor (an average of 2 hours per week for 1 year), young people involved in WYN’s mentoring program show improvements in their academic performance, school attendance, and behaviors.  Most of all, they know someone cares about them.
About the Program
WYN’s Mentoring Initiative has been successfully operating in Watauga County since 1985 and Avery County since 2002. The mentoring program serves High Country youth between the ages of 6-17. There is no charge to participate and anyone can make a referral. Youth are matched with a mentor who serves as a positive role model and, most importantly, a friend. Mentors must be at least 18 years old and are required to spend two hours per week for at least one year with their mentee.
Why be a Mentor? Mentoring:

  • Improves young people’s attitudes towards their parents, peers and teachers
  • Encourages students to stay motivated and focused on their education
  • Provides a positive way for young people to spend free time
  • Helps young people face daily challenges
  • Offers young people opportunities to consider new career paths and get much-needed economic skills and knowledge.

Volunteer Application

Referral Form

For more information contact:

Angela McMann
WYN’s Mentoring Program Director
Western Youth Network, Inc.
(828) 264-5174