What is Mentor UP and what do we do?

Mentor UP is a Christian ministry that meets on a weekly basis at various locations in Southern California. We have been mentoring fatherless boys ages 8 to 18 since 2007. Our regular meetings include, at no cost to the family, a meal, games and sports, a Bible study and life mentoring as well as frequent outings to the beach, bowling, movies and miniature golf. When invited, we attend special events in the boy’s lives, such as sports games, award ceremonies, and graduations.

The boys also learn to give back by helping others. We have served the community with a food pantry ministry, assisted single moms by helping them move into new homes and have packed hygiene kits for homeless individuals.

We are structured for group mentoring, so we do everything as a group. There is plenty of one-on-one conversation but within a group setting. It is during this time together that the boys build new friendships with each other and have the opportunity to learn from their mentors.
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of youth suicides are from fatherless homes—five times the average.

(U.S. Department of Health Census)

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of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes—9 times the average.

(National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools)

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of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes—10 times the average.

(Rainbows for All God’s Children)

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of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes—20 times the average.

(Center for Disease Control)

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of youths in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes—9 times the average.

(U.S. Department of Justice)

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of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes—20 times the average.

(Texas Department of Correction)

Our Screening Process

All our mentors undergo fingerprinting and a background check by the FBI and Department of Justice. Our boys’ safety is our #1 priority.

Contact Us

You and Your Son are invited to check us out.

Endorsing Organizations

The number of children being raised by single mothers has more than tripled between 1960 and 2000.​

(U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P20-537, Table CH-5. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Census Bureau, 2001.)​