Mentors play a significant role in transforming the lives of youth or returning citizens. 

At Inner City Community Development Corporation, mentors are men and women, business owners, returning citizens, and youth who can speak to their peers with maturity and credibility. With their help, we can change negative behavior into positive lives. 

Ways mentors help include:

  • Mentoring at a prison or Bible study.
  • Celebrating birthdays and being a touchstone for life events.
  • Connecting mentees to resources that will help them finish their education.
  • Directing people to trade training.
  • Being a guide to resources which help mentees start their own business. InnerCity CDC offers workshops on how to start a business, get a tax ID number, and choose a business type.
  • Bringing an intern into your local business.

Our first prison ministry and community outreach program officially began in 1994. We then received a child development $15K grant block grant from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. This enabled us to open our first house which was home to 10 men on the path to a brighter future. We have now had more than 85 men move through the program.

Do you have what it takes to become a mentor?

  • Are you someone who has lived the experience at one point in your life and has come out a transformed, community-driven individual?
  • Do you love children and understand they need guidance to make sound decisions?
  • Do you like working with people unlike yourself and can see their potential?
  • Are you outgoing and charismatic?
  • Are you driven to help the marginalized and homeless?
  • Are you a returning citizen who has been home for at least a year?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or working with court-involved youth and families, please contact