What is Mentor Upstate?

Mentor Upstate promotes the development of mentoring programs  in schools and after school programs in

upstate South Carolina and beyond, by recruiting and training mentors, providing resources and

support to mentors, and enlisting community involvement. 

Our goal is to support as many children as possible through positive, real one-on-one relationships.

 Mentor Upstate's simple, in-school mentoring program was developed by the  Frazee Center, an afterschool,

preschool and summer program dedicated to supporting under-resourced children in downtown Greenville.  

The program is simple for schools to manage and for mentors to commit to. After completing an application,

training and background check, mentors visit with a student once a week during the student's lunch or breakfast

at school.  The schools choose the children need the extra support that mentoring provides.  Mentor Upstate

supports the schools by continuing to recruit and train mentors and supports mentors by offering resources to help

them as they establish their relationship with their student.  Click here to learn more.  



2010 – The Frazee Center

The Frazee Center began a mentoring program matching each of its students with a mentor.


2013 – Mentor Greenville 

Wanting to reach more children in the upstate of SC, the Frazee Center develops a simple mentoring program.  The program recruited and trained 371 mentors for 13 elementary and middle schools in Greenville County.


2014- Mentor Anderson  

Mentor Anderson starts in District 1 in Anderson County.  It is set to expand into Districts 4 and 5 in the coming year.


2015 – Mentor Upstate

Mentor Greenville becomes Mentor Upstate to support Greenville, Anderson and Pickens Counties. Over 800 students in the public schools of upstate South Carolina are visited by a mentor weekly.


2015 – Mentor Pickens County/ Pickens County YMCA Partnership

The Frazee Center and Pickens County YMCA partner to establish Mentor Pickens County.


2015 – Mentor Oconee County

Oconee Academy (Alternative School) launches our program as the first school to do so in Oconee County.


2016 – Mentor Colorado Springs, Mentor Spartanburg,

Partners with Pickens County YMCA

Mentor Upstate partners with former Greenville County teacher, Amanda Koth and her organization Front Range Youth Partners to roll out Mentor CoSprings.

Follow their progress as they begin to mentor in the Colorado Springs area.  Facebook page and website.

Carver Middle School partners with Mentor Upstate, recruiting men to mentor many of their young male students.

Pickens County YMCA / Powdersville takes over management of Mentor Upstate's program in Anderson District 1.



Mentor Upstate's goal is to support as many children as possible with real one-on-one positive relationships. We would love to share our mentoring materials with you and help you start a Mentor ______? in your area. info@mentorupstate.org