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Help us support caring mentoring relationships for homeless youth.

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Providing mentors to help homeless youth cope with the stress of homelessness and plan for the future.

Eyes Wide Open Mentoring's mission is to empower homeless youth to rise above their immediate circumstances and take the steps necessary to enable them to have successful futures. We pair trained volunteer mentors to work one-on-one in developmental relationships with homeless youth to address the challenges associated with homelessness. Our program follows a formal model that uses evidence-based best mentoring practices and research-driven interventions in the area of trauma-informed care.

Mentors help youth develop a realistic plan to cope with and overcome adversity, by expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, allowing mentees to have a voice, and expanding their opportunities. In addition to addressing the tough social-emotional issues that are associated with homelessness, youth have opportunities to participate in fun and educational activities through the inclusion of supplemental programming. Our holistic approach leads to partnerships with other organizations.


The Mentoring Matters initiative works with mentoring organizations in the Greater Washington area to close the mentor gap. We envision a region where all children at risk of not attending college and achieving their full potential will be matched with caring adult mentors.

MentorPrize recruits quality mentors for non-profit organizations in the Greater Washington, D.C. area and advocates for more and better mentoring programs. We believe our communities flourish when people connect through meaningful relationships bound by mutual respect and shared goals.

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