Mentoring Matters


Emily Norris
[email protected]
(865) 215-3524

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Omega Lamplighters Empower 5th Graders

On a weekday afternoon, a group of fifth grade boys at Sarah Moore Greene Academy take a detour from the cafeteria into a multi-purpose room just down the hall.

They quietly eat their lunches as mentors from the Iota Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity greet them.

"How are your grades?" one of the men asks. These are the Omega Lamplighters, volunteers for the character development program for fifth grade boys.

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Two Bikes Mentorship Empowers Knoxville Youth

Two Bikes is a bike shop in Knoxville's Old City. It opened in April 2021 and serves local cyclists, many of whom commute through downtown and drop in to the store to use the community workstands posted in the rear of the space.

The bike shop is also home to a mentoring program empowering local youth. High school students ages 14-18 can sign up to learn about e-commerce and marketing or bike maintenance. A few, like Connor Weaver, a sophomore at Fulton High School, have learned both.

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Sinead and Emily Connect through Amachi of Knoxville

Family therapist Sinead Doherty was a busy grad student at the University of Tennessee when she decided to add one more commitment to her plate. She wanted to mentor a girl in need of a friend and confidant, to have fun when she wasn't studying or doing school work. That was five years ago. Learn more in the video below. 

Why Mentoring?

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. Executive Director Brooke Allen Mixon and mentor Sinead Doherty talk about how mentoring benefits our community.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...and Chill

Girl Talk, Inc. mentor Jenae Easterly met her mentees Kiyah and Jaleah at Kilwin's on Gay Street. Their outings have one thing in common: they must be chill. And conversations? Totally honest. "They can ask me anything," says Jenae. "They can call me whenever."

Girl Talk mentorship

Girl Talk, Inc. is just one of several local organizations with mentorship programs to empower youth. And we have a list of organizations providing mentoring opportunities to begin your own journey!