OUR 

INSPIRATION

"I can’t for the life of me figure out why we can’t have 10,000 people connecting with 10,000 kids with all the businesses and churches that we have around here. We’re working toward it."

-Matt Reeves, founder of the Frazee Center

a little more about us...

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.

 

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.  

2010

Mentor Upstate's mentoring program was developed by the Frazee Center, an afterschool, preschool and summer program dedicated to supporting under-resourced children in downtown Greenville.  Frazee students were the first to be matched with mentors.

2013

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.

Mentor Upstate expands to Anderson County by starting in District 1.  

2014

2015

Mentor Greenville re-brands into the current name Mentor Upstate to support Greenville, Anderson and Pickens Counties. Over 1200 students in the public schools of upstate South Carolina are visited by a mentor weekly.

Mentor Upstate works with Pickens County YMCA to establish Mentor Pickens County. Oconee Academy (Alternative School) launches our program as the first school to do so in Oconee County.


Oakland Elementary School in Spartanburg School District Two partners with Mentor Upstate to start a program in the Boiling Springs community. 

2016

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

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

2017

2018

Cherokee County joins Mentor Upstate.

 

Spartanburg expands to include Districts One, Five, and Six. 

Starr-Iva is started with the help and support of Hope Baptist Church. 

2015

Mentor Greenville re-brands into the current name Mentor Upstate to support Greenville, Anderson and Pickens Counties. Over 1200 students in the public schools of upstate South Carolina are visited by a mentor weekly.

Mentor Upstate works with Pickens County YMCA to establish Mentor Pickens County. Oconee Academy (Alternative School) launches our program as the first school to do so in Oconee County.


Oakland Elementary School in Spartanburg School District Two partners with Mentor Upstate to start a program in the Boiling Springs community. 

2016

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

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

2017

Mentor Anderson expands to District 4

2018

Cherokee County joins Mentor Upstate.

 

Spartanburg expands to include Districts One, Five, and Six. 

Starr-Iva is started with the help and support of Hope Baptist Church.