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

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Affinity Mentoring

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 Elementary – Academia Bilingüe, and Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center and Elementary). 

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 Mentoring’s 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.

Our Mission is to facilitate equitable growth in academics, social emotional skills, and self-esteem through mutually beneficial mentoring relationships. We believe in cultivating a brave space that amplifies the voices of young agents of change in a diverse and inclusive community.

Our vision is to be a leading nonprofit for fostering belonging alongside young people, families, and community.



  • Burton Elementary School

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Burton Elementary is part of Grand Rapids Public Schools and serves students Pre-K through 5th grade. It shares the building…

  • Burton Middle School

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Burton Middle School is located on the South side of Grand Rapids and is part of Grand Rapids Public Schools.…

  • Godfrey Elementary School

    Wyoming, MI

    Godfrey Elementary is part of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools and serves students in grades 3-5.

  • Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center

    Wyoming, MI

    The Early Childhood Center [ECC] serves students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

  • Lee Middle School

    Wyoming, MI

    Lee Middle School is in Wyoming, Michigan that is part of the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools school district.

  • 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 Elementary – Academia Bilingüe

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Southwest Elementary – Academia Bilingue (formerly named Southwest Community Campus) is located on the Southwest side of Grand Rapids in…

  • 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

    “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

  • What Our People Say

    “I feel really happy when we hang out. We’re friends.”

    – Eliano, Student at Southwest Community Campus

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