• Become a Mentor.

    Each year we have over 100 students on our waiting list. Join us.

    Become a Mentor
  • Support youth in our community.

    Small gifts, big impact! Sponsor a Mentor Match by making a monthly gift to help ensure students receive the support of a caring adult mentor, all year long.  Give Now

  • Big change starts small.

    Join this comprehensive team of people who are devoted to journeying alongside the children in our community.

  • Mentor Stories

    Read the latest stories about our mentor matches, community partners, and program impact.

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  • Experience Affinity [safely from your home]

    Affinity’s Better Together Benefit Dinner is our signature event of the year. After careful consideration, Affinity Mentoring has determined to transition the 2020 Better Together Benefit Dinner to a VIRTUAL EVENT to help the State’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).


The Affinity Mentoring Program

Affinity Mentoring is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that partners with local businesses, organizations, and schools to match students in K-8th grade with a caring adult role model to journey alongside them one hour a week (current school partners include Burton Elementary, Burton Middle School, Southwest Community Campus School and Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center). We work towards the mutual liberation of all community members and believe that youth are already leaders and community members, but need equitable access and platforms to use their voice. Affinity’s mentoring model provides individual, one hour per week mentoring with trained, safe, supportive adults to support the growth of leadership and social-emotional skills, as well as math and literacy skills.



  • Burton Elementary

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Located in SE Grand Rapids, Burton Elementary is home to some of the most under-resourced children in Grand Rapids, with…

  • Burton Middle School

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Burton Middle School is located on the South side of Grand Rapids. The facility houses both Burton Elementary and Burton Middle…

  • Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center

    Wyoming, MI

    The Early Childhood Center [ECC] serves students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. As our newest school partner, the Affinity Mentor…

  • Office Headquarters

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Affinity’s administrative office is located in the heart of the Westside of Grand Rapids inside the Goei Center’s International Center…

  • Southwest Community Campus

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Southwest Community Campus [SWCC] is located on the Southwest side of Grand Rapids in a historic school building. The school…

  • What Our People Say

    “I get it. I know what these kids are going through. It’s helped me not to forget my roots.”

    – Madeline Aguillon, Board Member & Mentor at Burton

  • What Our People Say

    “My mentors and teachers saw potential in me. Without my mentors I wouldn’t have graduated from high school. I wouldn’t have done a lot of activities or been as involved.”

    – Brandon, Program Alum

  • What Our People Say

    “We see the benefit of putting resources into kids. We come from families where children are valued and celebrated.”

    – Alicia Armijo-Kolman, Mentor at Burton and Match Sponsor

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