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Our Mission

One to One Mentoring empowers youth in San Miguel County to achieve their social, emotional, and academic potential through professionally supported mentor relationships.


“One to One provides youth with an opportunity to build a life-long relationship with a committed, caring adult within the Telluride community.  Mentors provide academic support, foster responsibility, teach life-skills, and expose them to cultural experiences throughout the year.”  -- Ashley Williamson, ELL Specialist at Telluride Intermediate School

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Become a Mentor 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Mentor with One to One Mentoring!

Through your dedication as a volunteer Mentor, you can make an impact in a child’s life and our community as a whole. The process includes completing an application, submitting to a background check, having an interview and attending a training to ensure that the best possible match can be made between you and a youth in our community.

Youth referred to One to One Mentoring programs represent a broad section of the community. They may be wealthy or lower income, from large or small families, minorities or majorities. Some enjoy trying new things and meeting people while others come from a life of conflict and significant challenges. They all benefit from a little guidance, encouragement and companionship.


- Complete and submit an application



The application requires the following information:

- Submit Personal References

- Agree to a Background & Driving Record Check

- Submit Fingerprints

- Submit Proof of Automobile Insurance

- Complete Interview

- Attend a Mentor Training

- Meet Your Mentee

- Start Mentoring

- Access Ongoing Support, Check-Ins, Goal-Setting and Workshops





Your responsibility as a Mentor is to spend consistent, quality time with your Mentee. This means meeting at least once a week (usually a set day agreed upon by Mentor, Mentee and Parent), and checking in by phone if you are out of town on vacation, etc. Consistency is the key to a successful relationship. 

Some things to keep in mind:

Mentors make sure their Mentee is safe when out together and return them to their door or to their next activity at the end of their time together.

Mentors are not expected to pay for outings, activities, etc. Cost expectations are discussed between Parents and the Mentor at the Match Meeting. Mentors may agree to pick-up/drop off their Mentee, but they are not expected to be a taxi driver or a babysitter!  Clear expectations for everyone involved are discussed before a Match is made.

Consistent communication with One to One Mentoring staff about success and concerns is key to a healthy relationship.

A Mentor helps by:



If you would like to help but don't feel that being a Mentor is the right fit for you, please contact One to One Mentoring for more information on how you can be of assistance.


“Affirming words…are like light switches.  Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities” – Gary Smalley