Since 1978, Partners has been fostering connections between at-risk Northern Colorado youth and supportive adults in the community through their mentoring programs.

However, developing these relationships has become increasingly difficult in a climate that now encourages social distancing.

"We just recognize that people are probably less inclined to think that there's a volunteer need for one-on-one mentoring and that need is still very much there," said Vanessa Lewis, Resource Development Director at Partners, in our "Tuned In to NoCo" interview. "We're continuing to try to find ways to connect with people who are interested in making that major impact and having a super positive experience themselves."

Through virtual activities and safe in-person sessions, the non-profit has found a way for its mentoring programs to persevere, bringing increased confidence, better social skills and more to local youth in need.

However, the organization is still in search of devoted mentors who are dedicated to improving the lives of these children.

"We need people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds...there's nothing really hard and fast in terms of your experience or education or anything like that," said Lewis. "It's really that you can be dedicated to a youth, that you have interest in showing them that they're worthwhile and that they're worth spending time with on a weekly basis."

In order to accommodate the varying comfort levels of potential mentors, Partners offers three different types of programs: Community-Based Mentor, School-Based Mentor and Nexus Activity Volunteers.

Those who are are interested can apply here. Whichever path is chosen, it is guaranteed to make a difference.

Learn more about being a mentor with Partners by listening to the full "Tuned In to NoCo" interview with Vanessa Lewis below.

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