Mentoring and Peer Support

A mentor can offer 1:1 support, coaching and guidance to another person by helping them to learn new skills, by sharing what he/she has learned and and by being a good role model. Mentors can help with things like social skills, work skills, community acceptance and working towards goals.

Peer support is getting help from someone who has had common experiences, situations, problems or disability. Peers can help with social and emotional support, daily living and advocacy, for example.  It is not meant to replace professional counseling or other services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of MassachusettsProvides children who lack positive adult role models with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships with caring, responsible adults that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
75 Federal Street, 8th floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-542-9090
Fax: 617-542-8855

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Chapters in Massachusetts offer peer support groups
Find a Massachusetts Group
Online Support Groups

Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring – The Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring (AOMs) are AmeriCorps members who are placed at mentoring programs and youth-serving organizations statewide to help strengthen programs in the areas of match support, program development, marketing, strategic planning and mentor/mentee recruitment, mentor/mentee or parent training and curriculum development, and program development and start-up.

Family Services of Merrimac ValleyOffers two mentoring programs.

  • Big Friends Little Friends
    is a youth mentoring program that matches caring adult mentors with young people who could benefit from a relationship with a positive adult role model. The goal of the program is to develop the positive potential of young people by providing them with support, guidance and friendship. Big Friends Little Friends serves 15 towns in the Merrimack Valley.
  • Stand & Deliver recognizes the intelligence, talent and abilities of Lawrence Public School students and is determined to give them the support they need to reach their full academic potential. By providing one-on-one academic mentoring in partnership with some of the area’s most prestigious businesses, Stand & Deliver fills the gaps in knowledge, skills and support that students need to pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam required for high school graduation in the state of Massachusetts.
    Stand & Deliver currently partners with New Balance, Raytheon, Pfizer, Schneider Electric and Charles River Labs.  New corporate partners are always welcome.

Massachusetts Association for Mental HealthOffers tutoring and mentoring programs
130 Bowdoin St., Suite 309
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-742-7452
Fax 617-742-1187

Mass Mentoring PartnershipListing of mentoring programs in Massachusetts serving children and youths 5-18 years old

National Alliance on Mental Illness Offers peer support resources, peer mentors and groups
The Schrafft’s Center
529 Main Street Suite 1M17
Boston, MA  02129
Phone: 617-580-8541
Fax:  617-580-8673

Northeast Behavioral Health – Offers one-on one service for youth with significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs.
Brochure (PDF)
Lahey Health Behavioral Services
Northeast Behavioral Health
199 Rosewood Drive, Suite 250
Danvers, MA
Phone: 978-968-1700

Mentor Match – Partners for Youth with DisabilitiesGoal is to help young people with disabilities meet their full potential for personal development and independence by matching them with a caring adult mentor.
95 Berkeley Street, Suite 109
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-556-4075
TTY: 617-314-2989
Fax: 617-556-4074

Therapeutic Mentoring Service ProvidersTufts Health Plan has a list of agencies who provide therapeutic mentoring services throughout Massachusetts


Fact Sheet last updated on: 4/23/2019