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Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


101 N. Lynnhaven RdVirginia Beach, VA 23452 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Seton Youth Shelters seeks volunteers for their Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program, which matches a youth ages 4-18 with an adult mentor age 20 or older. All youth have been affected by the incarceration (past or present) of a family member. Mentors spend a minimum of 4 hours per month (weekly or biweekly) with recreational activities, helping with homework, going to museums, beach or library, and other age-appropriate activities. Minimum 1 year commitment. Background checks will be performed. This volunteer opportunity is available all over Hampton Roads.


A mentor provides regularly scheduled activities with their mentee. Mentors can participate in recreational, educational, or cultural activities, or just provide a listening ear. A mentor can be a positive outlet for a mentee adjusting to changes within the family structure. Mentoring is flexible, and most mentors have jobs, go to school, have families, and other obligations. Mentors and mentees are matched based on shared interests or preferences. We provide ideas for free and low cost activities.


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