How does this all work?

Two Essential Ingredients: Mentors and Money

Mentors: We need caring adults willing to invest one hour a week as a mentor to build a relationship with one young person. Every mentor has the potential to impact a student’s life through high school graduation and beyond.

Mentor FAQ

Money: BTO is a program of Partners For Schools, a qualified 501c3.PFS funds a full-time Be the One mentor coordinator position at each school as a gift from the community. As a critical component of the program, the mentor coordinator successfully matches students with mentors, and supports their developing relationships through frequent check-ins and on-going training.

Giving FAQ


The BTO Community Engagement Team in each community takes responsibility for ensuring on-going community funding and mentor recruitment for the long-term sustainability of youth mentoring. 

All Be the One Community Mentoring Programs are 100% locally funded by individuals, businesses, and organizations committed to ensuring our youth have access to a quality mentoring relationship.

You can make a difference in Ferndale or Lynden:

  1.     Volunteer to Mentor

  2. Donate any amount today

  3. Partner—a monthly donation

  4. Sponsor—a 3-year commitment of $500 or more per year

  5.     Join the Ferndale or Lynden Community Engagement Team