MentorKids golf marathon donates $446,800 to underserved youth


MentorKids USA hosted its 2016 Golf Marathon on June 5, raising $46,800 to fund summer enrichment and after school programs serving 175 Phoenix children.

Event sponsors such as Gainey Ranch Golf Club, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale and Zipps Sports Grill helped underwrite event expenses, resulting in all money raised to go directly into youth development programs.

The programs combat youth disconnection — young people ages 16-24 who are not in school and not working — by helping connect at a young age, youth to their education, meaningful careers, mentors, families and their communities. Phoenix has one of the highest rates of disconnected youth in the nation at 17 percent.

MentorKids USA was founded in 1997 as a one-to-one mentoring organization with a mission to “help youth achieve their full, God-given potential.”  After 13 years of one-to-one youth mentoring and watching the challenges faced by our youth increase over time, the group realized that in order to truly make a transformative impact it would have to reach not only the youth but also their families and neighborhoods, according to a press release.

Out of this desire to effect transformative changes through relationships, the Promise Neighborhood strategy was born: MentorKids identifies neighborhoods in high-risk areas and seeks to mentor on three tiers: youth, family, and community.

The two Promise Neighborhoods are:

  • South Phoenix (near 32nd Street and Broadway);
  • North Phoenix “Palomino” (near 32nd Street and Greenway).

MentorKids USA believes that if it create the right environment and provide appropriate support, youth will naturally develop their full potential. With this goal in mind, it has developed a variety of approaches: individual and small group mentoring, after-school and summer enrichment programs, youth gardening and athletic programs, and parenting workshops and clubs.

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