The New York State Mentoring Program

TOP The New York State Mentoring Program

April 2020

A Special Message from Mrs. Cuomo

Help make a real difference in a young person’s life and give them hope for the future.

Change a Life. Become a Mentor.


Helping NY Students Succeed and Graduate

In 1984, at the request of her husband, Governor Mario Cuomo, Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo created and implemented The New York State Mentoring Program, the nation’s first statewide unique school based one-to-one mentoring program to prevent school dropout.

Due to the number of failing schools, it was important to encourage our youth to stay in school and graduate for a better future.

Therefore, in 2015 at the State of the State Address, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the reinstatement of The New York State Mentoring Program and his mother as Chairperson.

Change the Life of a Child - Become a Mentor

Matilda Cuomo describes the history and the value of the New York State Mentoring Program, a program that has the power to inspire children and change lives.

The New York State Mentoring Program

Why Mentor?

Children who succeed despite overwhelming personal, economic and social obstacles do so often because of a caring adult in their lives. Mentoring outcomes include greater participation in school, improved attendance, higher graduation and college admission rates, and better overall performance.

What We Do

The New York State Mentoring Program creates supportive Mentor relationships for students at risk of dropping out of school. This unique program takes place in a school-based setting, one-to-one between the mentor and mentee with a school coordinator present who is selected by the principal. The program provides background checks and training for volunteer mentors and mentees.

How to Become a Mentor

Get involved by filling out the Mentoring Application or call us at 1-844-337-6304. After your application is received, an appointment will be made for you to interview with a Program Director. Once you are a trained Mentor, you will be matched with a Mentee at a nearby school and contact you about a start date.

Get Involved

Program Contacts & Information

Become a Mentor for New York State's Youth

How it Works

Learn how The New York State Mentoring Program works to pair Mentors from businesses with children in need around New York State.

About The New York State Mentoring Program

Leading the Way in Mentoring

Governor Cuomo announces The New York State Mentoring Program and honors Matilda Raffa Cuomo at the 2015 Opportunity Agenda.