- This Application Period Closes 2/05/2024 -

Mentoring at its most basic level provides a consistent, supportive relationship to young people in Kansas. At its more complex level, it is an effective evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy aimed to help address school attendance, mental health support, violence prevention, and workforce development. Mentoring works because it provides youth with caring adults whom they can rely on and call upon for help during the challenges and triumphs of their lives.

Mentor Kansas is a program of the Kansas Volunteer Commission, a program of the Kansas State Department of Education. For almost 16 years, we have worked to increase the capacity of mentoring programs to serve more youth and inspire more Kansans to be mentors. We connect mentoring programs, offer training and technical assistance, and provide funding opportunities and other resources that support program capacity.



Guidelines are available here

Application is available here

Mini-Grant Frequently Asked Questions here  

W9 is available here

Grant period is from March 1st - September 30th, 2024

For questions, contact:



Contact Us:

900 SW Jackson St Ste 653

Topeka, KS 66612-1212

Phone: (785) 368-7436


The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: KSDE General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, KSDE, Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 102, Topeka, KS 66612, (785) 296-3201.

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