Mill City Mentors

Matching Youth With Adult Mentors

Mill City Mentors

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our program services because our mentors and mentees have not able to physically meet with each other. We recognized early on that we needed to adapt and enhance our program so we could continue to safely foster these critically important relationships. We achieved this by quickly implementing eMentoring, also known as virtual mentoring, beginning in April of 2020. But this program adaptation did not come without cost. In order to continue to provide this service in a virtual way, we are asking for your help.
The growing need for mentoring children and young adults is one of the City of Lowell and CTI’s important strategic service goals. Mill City Mentors has expanded its services to include ages 7-22 (vs 15). This allows mentors to work with mentees beyond high school graduation, which is often the most needed time of support and guidance. Our intent is to reach more young people and connect them with caring adults. To accomplish this, we will do more virtual mentoring with more adult sharing activities allowing a mentor to work with 2-3 people. The youth we mentor come from a wide variety of families: 2-parent, single parent, in and out of DCF custody and intervention. They live in Greater Lowell and surrounding towns.
Mentors receive intensive training so as to have the tools and equipment necessary to work with their mentees. MCM provides a coordinator to help support our mentors and families throughout the relationship, including dealing with social activities and school issues.
We are in dire need of male mentors. Many of our mentors are college students and young professionals. We are also bridging our Senior Corps Program volunteers with the MCM Program. Most of the youth do not have older generational relationships that many of us grew up with. These are critical relationships not only for the youth, but also the older adults. They learn from each other and form a bond that is life changing.
Due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel the two annual fundraisers for this program. This puts the program at risk of falling short of the needed funds required to continue this program. A little help from you would go a long way.

Listen to Bridget Quinn, Director of Community Teamwork’s Volunteer Center discuss Mill City Mentors and the Senior Corps Volunteer Programs (RSVP, Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents) on WCAP 6/23/2020

MCM Program Flyer

Mill City Mentors is a mentoring program of Community Teamwork that strives to provide positive, caring mentors to youth facing adversity and in need of additional support to increase confidence, self-esteem, and be empowered to create their best life. Our program focuses on youth ages 7 through 22. Our vision is to provide support to youth, their families, and mentors to collectively establish a positive and successful future for the youth of our community. By utilizing effective mentoring models that will best suit each individual youth, we will empower our youth to strive for the lives they want and have the structure and support to attain it.

Mill City Mentors is a program of Community Teamwork and is designed to assist youth from the Greater Lowell area, which includes the following towns: Ashby, Ayer, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pelham, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

Mill City Mentors does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, income, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical limitations.

Mill City Mentors is on the forefront of understanding the needs of our at-risk population in the Greater Lowell area. Our agency is at the heart of all community action services in the Greater Lowell area. Due to that, we are in the best position to create and support mentoring opportunities that individually benefit the youth in our community through 1:1 mentoring as well as site based and group mentoring opportunities to strengthen our youth.

Who are Mill City Mentors? They are every day citizens who want to have fun and make a difference in the life of a child. To get involved as a volunteer mentor, Mill City Mentoring staff will work with you to make the process as easy as possible. New volunteers must be at least 21 years old, be able to make a one year time commitment to the program, and complete an intake which includes an application, interview, training and background check.

To learn more about all volunteering opportunities or receive an application, contact or download the application here


To get a child enrolled for Mill City Mentors, the child must be between the ages of 7-22 and reside in one of the 17 communities. Anyone can make a referral to the program, but the parent/ guardian needs to be in agreement to the program if the youth is under 18, and the youth must want a mentor. Program staff must complete the enrollment process to determine youth suitability, which includes meeting with the parent and child. For a child application, please contact the listed staff member.

The Mill City Mentors Program at CTI now has an ONLINE APPLICATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS online application for parents/guardians to complete when looking at potential mentoring programs for their children aged 7-22.
If you have any questions or concerns when filling out the online application please feel free to reach out to Ed Banks the Program Coordinator

eMentoring Feedback

Below is an email from the parents of our first eMentoring match. They’re expressing very positive results so this appears to be a good way for us to move forward with that type of mentoring!

June 10, 2020

TO Ed Banks, Program Coordinator Mill city Mentors FROM MJ Umali Gorman / Bruce Gorman regarding Mill City Mentors’ first Ementoring effort with of her son Luke

“We have been working with Ed Banks from Mill City Mentors since April of this year. We had a case open with the Department of Child and Family Services, and our case worker had suggested Mill City Mentors to us after we had asked about any resources for a Big Brother/Big Sister program in the area. We have an 8 year old son, Luke, that is an only child, so he doesn’t have any siblings as an outlet to express emotions when he needs it. With the stay at home advisory in place the past few months, it was even harder to help him find someone he could talk to other than us. He instantly clicked with Ed after the first time talking to him which we as parents were surprised with because he is usually very shy when he first meets someone. He was so more than ecstatic to learn he had someone he could play Minecraft with.

Since we started the mentoring sessions, Luke is ALWAYS looking forward to hanging out with Ed. Ed has been so cooperative and accommodating with scheduling, and we can’t thank him enough for adapting to these virtual zoom meets due to everything going on with Covid. Luke was playing Minecraft next to me the other night and showed me the house he was building for Ed in his Minecraft world. He is really looking forward to when stay at home advisory is lifted, so they can do more activities together. We as a family truly have loved having Ed and Mill City Mentors in our lives the past few months. We really look forward to continuing this relationship with Ed and the program and would be more than open to let anyone curious about it know about our experience.”


A series of programs led by Ed Banks, Program Coordinator for Mill City Mentors in partnership with Early Learning:

Chef Ed Makes Banana Bread

Chef Ed Makes Pizza

Ed Makes Airplanes

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