The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program has been matching eager local youth with volunteer mentors since 2003. The Mentoring Program connects local youth with safe, positive mentors who offer friendship, opportunity and support for making healthy life decisions. Volunteers are thoroughly screened and trained to ensure the safety of everyone in the program. Once matched, mentors and mentees spend a couple of hours a week together for at least a year doing things they both enjoy—sports, crafts, cooking a meal together, or working on a project. Mentors receive ongoing training, plus regular monitoring of the friendship, as-needed support, and invitations to group field trips and events.