MENTOR Georgia, a statewide Affiliate of MENTOR National, is currently housed within the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. Originating from a comprehensive 2016 landscape study completed in collaboration with the Georgia Student Finance Authority and MENTOR National, MENTOR Georgia emerged to address the unmet needs and gaps identified in the structured mentoring and youth development programs in Georgia.

Building on the foundational research completed in the survey in conjunction with support from MENTOR National and the Fanning Institute, MENTOR Georgia has grown into a dynamic community, committed to expanding and enriching opportunities for Georgia’s youth through meaningful connections with caring adults. Currently, MENTOR Georgia is supported by Executive Director Leslie Hale to grow the MENTOR Georgia network, develop programs, oversee training, and set direction for the affiliate.

To read more about the history and origin of MENTOR Georgia download our strategic plan.


Our mission is to strengthen the quality and increase the quantity of mentoring relationships for Georgia’s young people and to close the mentoring gap.


Every young person in Georgia has supportive mentoring relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults.


We believe in the power of community – We make connections, build relationships, and align work with partners.

We embrace our shared humanity – We act through compassion, equity, and inclusivity in all we do.

We strive always to be better – We are lifelong learners who follow data and proven strategies.

We are strategic – We operate with care, efficiency, transparency, and integrity.