Buddies Mentoring Program

Our Buddies Mentoring Program aims to match children in our shelter, Transitional Housing, and Supportive Housing programs with one-on-one mentors who will take them for regular outings and provide them with long-term social support. All mentors undergo an intensive screening process and mandatory orientation.

The children currently involved in our Buddies Mentor Program are thriving – improved grades, more confidence, and one mentee even became the MVP of his baseball team! The program continues to make transformational changes in the lives of our children.


  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Able to provide transportation
  • Able to commit to 6 months minimum
  • Meet with mentee at least once per month

Want to become a mentor? Download the form HSI Buddies Mentor Packet

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor or learning more about the program, please contact us at mentor@hsinj.org