WARM Hearts was established in 2003 in Goldsboro in cooperation with eighteen local organizations, agencies and churches. They were brought together by a common belief that many youth in the community lacked positive adult influences in their lives. Determined to make a difference, they formed the Wayne Area Role Models with Hearts Mentoring Program implemented by Goldsboro Family YMCA.

The program serves a broad range of youth who have been identified as in need of a mentor by a referral source or parent/guardian. Mentors are trained adult volunteers, over age 18, who are selectively matched with youth ages 5-16 in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Mentors work to understand cultural and social development, risk factors, and offer ways to communicate and relate to youth.

WARM Hearts provides youth with a supportive mentor who can serve as a positive role model, who will listen to their problems, and who will provide them a window to the world outside their environment. The goal of the program is to help youth gain positive, consistent, and nurturing relationships with adults, to build self-esteem, decision-making skills, improve school performance and make healthy interpersonal relationships. Volunteer mentors help youth realize they are special, have potential and can achieve their goals.

We are looking for adults to join our mentoring team. Please email us if you are interested!

Invest in the future—be a mentor.