The Power of Mentoring is You!

We are so lucky to have so many dedicated organizations in our city committed to making sure every student can realize their potential. They have the training and the programs, what they need now is you! 

Checkout these amazing volunteer mentor and tutoring programs and signup today!

Albany Police Athletic League, Inc. –

  • The Albany PAL Mentoring program matches Albany City youth with compassionate, concerned, and interested adults from the community. Mentors and mentees meet once a week via Zoom for a 60-90 minute session. Mentors and mentees will participate in a variety of activities such as character and leadership development, health and life skills, recreation, arts and crafts, and education and career development programs.

Donate – HERE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region –

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) makes meaningful, monitored “matches” between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) from age six through fourteen. We’re committed to igniting the power and potential of youth in our community through one-on-one mentoring. This vital programming is only made possible when individuals come together, collectively working to make a difference. Now more than ever, our Bigs are needed to guide, nurture, and defend the potential of each Little, even as they meet virtually or while social distancing. We know that the young people we serve are likely to bear the heaviest burdens of trauma and economic fallout. Once we are through this immediate crisis, we know that our children and families will continue to feel lasting, profound effects.
  • Joining BBBSCR as a volunteer means that you are making a year-long commitment that will have a lasting impact on the life of a child. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them, though all matches meet (virtually or with social distancing) twice a month each month to enjoy one-on-one outings and activities together, and chat by phone weekly. In light of national and local current events, we’re seeing many organizations reflecting on their practices around equity and racial justice. In response to these conversations, we can affirm that when you join our agency as a volunteer, you’re doing your part to build a more equitable community. You’re part of the solution.
  • The demand for our services always outpaces the number of adult volunteers we are able to recruit. We currently have 98 children on our list who are waiting to be matched to a Big Brother or Big Sister. Please volunteer today!
  • We would like to tell you a little more about our process and commitment. We ask:
    • Our Bigs to commit to one full year of service.
    • See your Little twice a month.
    • Have a weekly phone call with your Little.
    • Additionally, there is a monthly phone call with our professional team to help support and guide you through your match.
    • Our current program structure does require our volunteers to own their own vehicle.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area (

  • The goal of the BGCCA is to provide safe havens for young people by offering quality programs and critical relationships with nurturing and reliable adults. Our premier mentorship program is our Workforce Development Program (which provides teens of all ages with the opportunity to strengthen their professional skills), other programs such as our Office of Juvenile Prevention, Lyricism 101, and even our Book Nook program links children and teens of all backgrounds with professionals who are passionate, thoughtful, and willing to go the extra mile in order to ensure that today’s youth will grow to become productive, respectable, and ardent members of our community.

Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar (

  • Every Scholar that enters our program is matched with an adult mentor of the same gender to provide support and guidance from 10th through their first year of college. 
    • We are currently looking for 27 mentors for new Scholars that are entering the program this fall from Albany, Schenectady and Troy High Schools as 10th graders. Mentoring is done in person or virtually and times are set by the availability of the mentor and the Scholar. Mentors will be matched with a Scholar based on gender and hobbies/interests. To become a mentor, fill out an online application and you will be contacted for an interview and to sign up for a new mentor training either on 9/10/20 or 10/15/20. 
    • If someone is not able to make a commitment to mentoring, there are other opportunities to get involved with the organization including committee work, joining the Board of Directors, office help, leading programs or trainings, etc. Email to set up a time to talk about other opportunities.
    • Donate – HERE

Girls on the Run Capital

  • Girls on the Run® is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (

  • Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) provides free, confidential tutoring to adults, out-of-school teens and English Language Learners (ELL) in reading, writing, math and conversational English. LVORC provides literacy services for both adults and children in both Rensselaer and Albany Counties.
    • Volunteer to read during Power Lunch
      • The Power Lunch program pairs elementary school children one-to-one with volunteer mentors from local corporations, businesses and the community to read aloud once a week during lunchtime.
        • Potential volunteers may contact Judith Smith at 518-244-4650 or for more information and details. Volunteers will need to attend a 1-hour training/orientation prior to being matched. 
        • Donate HERE

Mission Accomplished Transition

  • The Mission Accomplished Transition Services is to help aspiring young professionals prepare for the global economy by providing access to coaching, job training and professional development.
    • Partners with local schools to expose students to careers in construction, architecture and interior design. The program is hosted one time per week during lunch at area high schools. 
    • Complete the following volunteer form:
    • Donate: HERE

RISSE Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of

  • RISSE helps refugees to establish sustainable lives through English literacy classes, life skills, and employment assistance.
    • We teach children 5-13 in our After-School Program and teach adults in our Adult Literacy Program. Both emphasizing English as a Second Language as well as practical life skills.
    • Donate HERE

South End Children’s Café

  • South End Children’s Cafe offers free, healthy dinner time meals along with homework help and other enrichment programs. 

Tru Heart

  • Tru Heart, Inc. is a community-based non-profit organization that strives to create opportunities for youth from marginalized communities, in hopes to build them up through volunteer efforts, community engagement, activism.
    • Support the Jim’s Way  scholarship fund. Donate HERE 

Volunteer to run our social media:

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

  • USCRI Albany’s Making A Connection (MAC) program to matches vulnerable refugee youth age 15-24 with positive adult volunteer mentors.
    • Volunteer mentors help their mentees identify and work towards at least one social goal and one educational or vocational goal. Mentors must commit to one year of volunteering. Weekly hours will vary, though mentors generally spend 6-10 hours per month with their mentee. 

Wizard’s Wardrobe (South End Neighborhood Tutors)

  • Our goal has always been to have our students reading on grade level by the end of third grade. With in-person schooling ending in mid-March, the need is greater than ever. You can make a difference in a child’s life.
    • Volunteer as a tutor with elementary students from the South End primarily from Giffen & ASH schools. Students arrive at different times — 2:45, 3:45 and 4:00, so our tutors also can pick a time suitable to their schedules.
      • If you are interested in tutoring you must participate in a 13-hour training program. Sept. 12 & 26 is our first fall training. It will be done virtually. Call Debra Fagans at 518-776-0664 or send email to to sign up
    • If you are tech savvy and looking for a way to help us, we need a webmaster to maintain our media presence. Please email

Donate: HERE

    • WithOurVoice, Inc.
      • In our Children at the Well program we teach storytelling to young people from various cultural backgrounds, developing confidence, empathy and leadership. This year we were involved, along with two other organizations, in creating the online program FLY! (Folktales, Lifetales, Youth) which guides young people to find their voice and learn to create an effective message, through the art of storytelling.
      • At this time, we are seeking board members and volunteers willing to assist on board committees.
      • You may sign up by contacting Rishi Reddy at
      • Donate – HERE


For other opportunities check out our Facebook group:    Serve Albany