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After building its board and organizational capacity, MENTOR Virginia will complete the transition to a self-sustained nonprofit organization in August. VCU is a founding partner of MENTOR Virginia, and for the past 25 years, has provided various administrative support functions for the organization, including human resources, leasing arrangements and technology support. 

MENTOR Virginia is an anchor organization that promotes effective youth mentoring by increasing the capacity and sustainability of mentoring programs, and providing resources to support the mentoring field throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

It is now well-positioned to continue its mission without VCU administrative assistance. 

“MENTOR Virginia has enjoyed a long partnership with VCU,” said Bill Bales, MENTOR Virginia Board Chair. “We will continue to partner with VCU even as we take on some back-office functions that VCU has graciously provided in the past. VCU has some great mentoring programs, and we look forward to continuing to provide quality mentoring training and technical assistance to VCU.” 

MENTOR Virginia will continue to grow its mission of setting mentors and mentoring programs up for success. The organization has helped to demonstrate that quality mentoring significantly benefits young people’s social, emotional and academic growth and can strengthen the communities we live in. 

In March, Jennifer Boyle was named the new executive director of MENTOR Virginia. She had previously served as the vice president of operations for Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JA), an organization that promotes work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy for grades K-12. Prior to joining JA, Boyle served 10 years with the Children’s Museum of Richmond as director of guest services, director of development and director of education.

For more information about MENTOR Virginia’s services, visit

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