Organizations Offering Mentoring

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(865) 215-2536

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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January is National Mentoring Month, and Empower Knox is highlighting local organizations that offer mentoring and make a difference in the lives of Knoxville youth (and their mentors!)

We hope you will find one that fits your interest and start your journey as a mentor!

100 Black Men
The 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville was chartered in 1994 and incorporated in 1995 by men from the community who were concerned about and committed to improving the lives of youth in general and African American young men in particular. They pursue a four part agenda, or strategy: Mentoring, Health and Wellness, Education, and Economic Development.

A1 Learning Connections/S.M.A.R.T. Institute

A 1/S.M.A.R.T. Institute provides academic enrichment, "Your Career, Your Choice" program and personal mentoring engagement activities at Vine Middle Magnet and Austin-East Magnet High Schools.
Laschinski Emerson
[email protected]

Amachi - Knoxville Leadership Foundation

Amachi Knoxville serves youth that could be facing parental incarceration, bullying, disconnection from positive adult role models, and a host of other challenges that could negatively impact their future.
[email protected]

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Create and professionally support one-to-one mentoring relationships between "Bigs" and "Littles" in the Knoxville area. They serve Knox, Anderson, Sevier, and Blount Counties, as well as the Tri-Cities area.
Deanna Simpson-Beavers
[email protected]

Bryant's Bridge

Bryant's Bridge provides affordable housing and mentorship for LGBTQ+ youth who have previously experienced homelessness.
Sean Bryant
[email protected]


CAC Youth WINS works with homeless youth between 18-24 to find housing and provide resource linkage to education, workforce development, and mental health. They also coordinate the Youth Action Board, an advocacy board of youth experiencing homelessness or formerly homeless.
Kristine Townsend
[email protected]

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

Centro works with current Latinx high school students pairing them with near-peer mentors who Latinx current college students to help support their journey to post-secondary goals and the college access process in a culturally-relevant program.
Megan Barolet-Fogarty
[email protected]


Emerald Youth Foundation - Calling and Career Ministry

Through supportive relationships with staff and volunteer mentors and tutors, young people are also exploring their individual calling and receive guidance as they navigate the big decisions that come throughout high school and early adulthood. They have helped youth learn more about the local workforce through job shadowing programs, and also support students interested in exploring area post-secondary programs through campus visits to colleges. 

Girl Talk, Inc

Girl Talk empowers girls to become their best selves by reducing the likelihood of teen pregnancy and helping them to advance educationally through 1:1 Mentoring, School and Site-Based Programs, and the Girl Talk LIFE Prep Academy.

Knoxville Area Mentoring Initiative

The Knoxville Area Mentoring Initiative (KAMI) is led by Knoxville Leadership Foundation through their program Amachi Knoxville and partners Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Joy of Music School, and YMCA of East Tennessee. The goal of the initiative is to highlight the importance of mentoring, to bring awareness to these area organizations, and support new mentor growth, as well as improve social support networks among participating mentees.

Knoxville Area Urban League - Education and Youth Services

The Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) provides academic, social, and personal growth for scholars through their National Achievers Society and Project REACH programs.
Corey Hodge
[email protected]

Real Talk

Founded in 2008 at Vine Middle School with only four students, Real Talk has grown to serve over 200 students in 11 Knoxville area schools and is actively seeking to serve even more! The purpose of Real Talk is to encourage, enrich, and empower the youth to be successful by keeping discussions real, realistic, and relational through shared life experience. 


SEEED (Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development) creates pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, environmental education, mentorship, and community engagement. The 8-week Career Readiness Program is offered twice a year and is open to 18-24 year olds.
Darcy Ayers
[email protected] 

SHADES of Development
SHADES works with middle and high school students at South Doyle Middle, mentoring students in post-secondary options for college and career opportunities, as well as a strong focus on 8th-9th grade bridging in an effort to improve graduation rates.
Sindy Dawkins-Schade
[email protected]

Thrive provides after school, summer, and mentoring programming to at-risk youth in five locations across Knoxville.
Holly Kizer/Claire McWhorter
[email protected]

Two Bikes
The bike school provides mentoring, skills development, and small business training.
[email protected]

UT Project Excellence: A Youth Leadership Program
UT-sponsored youth leadership program and (credit-earning) early college experience program at Austin-East High School 11th and 12th grade students.
Kimberly Hill
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YOKE has volunteer mentors hosting after-school programs at 23 middle schools across 6 counties.
Jonathan Haskell
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YWCA - GameChangers
GameChangers is the only gender-based violence prevention program for middle-school boys in East Tennessee. GameChangers uses a group mentoring structure, with each group of participants being led by two adult mentors. The program teaches middle school boys about: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, bystander intervention skills, and how they can help prevent violence against women and girls.
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