Our Mission:


Empowering, equipping, and encouraging young people to make better choices through the power of one-to-one mentoring friendships.


What We Do

Caldwell Friends falls in a Community-Based mentoring program. Mentors and Mentees in this program participate in one-to-one outings and activities after school.

They enjoy doing things like: playing basketball, watching a game, listening to music on your smartphone, baking, fishing, attending festivals or catching a movie.

Some mentors and Mentees meet on the weekends. Others get together with their Mentees in the evenings. Each match is unique, lasting at least 6 months to one year, and they develop a schedule that works for them.

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Our Impact

The life circumstances our children and youth face are poverty, single-parent homes, grandparents raising grandchildren, full time working parents, unhealthy environment situations, mental illness, addictions, bullying, gangs, and failing academically.  Caldwell Friends mentors strive to be friends with children who can easily fall between the cracks.  




hours spent with children

This past year hours of one to one mentoring relationships have been spent with young people who need a mentor.



Years Serving communities

Caldwell Friends has been serving Caldwell County communities since 1983.



success rate

Young people who successfully complete our program and gain positive behavior changes and increased interest in school.


Our Programs

Caldwell Friends is mentoring and more. Providing a variety of programs, Mentors and Mentees experience positive mentoring relationships. Our programs create learning opportunities for young people by strengthening relationships and equipping Mentees to begin to make healthier decisions.



YES stands for Youth Educational Support. It’s a monthly support program for both Mentors and Mentees. YES is a hub for young people to find positive peer and adult interactions through fun and educational activities. 

Mentor training

Biannually, Mentors pick a topic of choice to explore and further their Mentor skills.

substance abuse prevention

Caldwell Friends invites a Prevention Specialist to interactively teach Mentees and their siblings about the risks of substance abuse and ways to prevent it.

Hands on clay

Every year members in our program get their hands dirty by molding clay into something useful. It has shown to be a success with our young people.

back to school bash

Annually we have our back to school bash which is a pool pizza party to get excited for the new school year. All children and teenagers are provided with new backpacks full of supplies.

bowling with santa

Christmas time is exciting especially when you get to party with Santa and Caldwell Friends. Additionally, Caldwell Friends provides children and their siblings gifts for Christmas.


Get Involved

There are kids ages 7-14 waiting for mentors.  The mentors in our program have a fun and influential experience mentoring. 

The Requirements?

A mentor is to be: 

  • Be at least 18 years of ag

  • Have means of transportation and a valid drivers license

  • Complete an application, which includes references and a criminal background check

  • Spend at least 2 to 3 hours a week or 8 to 12 hours a month with a child


Sign Up to mentor

Mentoring is easy and fun. Your mentoring journey can begin with a click below!

Volunteer opportunities

Whether is be hosting an event, helping at a festival, playing games with our Caldwell Friends, or being a Board Member, there is a spot for you and your talents!

Make a Donation

Caldwell Friends would not be possible without the support the support from the community. All donations are apprecaited and used directly for Caldwell Friends.