Frequently Asked Questions

Where does mentoring take place?

Mentoring can take place in a wide array of settings, such as a workplace, a school, a faith-based organization, a juvenile corrections facility, or some other community setting.

Community-based: Programs usually have mentors pick up youth at home or school or some other location and then do some activity that mentor and youth choose together. Example: Mentor picks up youth at home and they go to the library.

Site-based: Program managed by an organization with meetings of mentors and youth taking place at their facilities or a partner facility like a church or community center. All activities take place under some level of supervision by program management.

School-based: Takes place during school hours at school sites. All activities are supervised by program personnel. Youth and mentors do not meet off-site unless it’s part of a group activity at another location but still supervised by program leaders.

I want to start a new youth mentoring program. What should I do?

The Memphis Mentoring Partnership offers training and technical assistance in program management and access to information and resources supporting mentoring. New programs are invited to join MMP and take advantage of those opportunities. Click for more information on the benefits of membership and how to join the partnership.

How can I get Memphis Grizzlies tickets for a group of kids?

The Memphis Grizzlies operate “Tickets for Kids,” a program to distribute tickets free of charge to non-profit organizations serving youth. Click here to learn more and apply online.

How do I get a donation for my non-profit organization?

Please visit our website to learn more about the grant-making policy.

How do I get a donation for my auction or fundraising event?

The Memphis Grizzlies are committed to working supporting registered charities in the region through its Donations-In-Kind program. Click here to learn about the policies and apply online.

Why does mentoring require several months’ to at least one year’s commitment?

Because relationships and a sense of bonding occur over time, the duration and consistency of a mentoring relationship is very important. To promote that close bonding, mentors and mentees should meet regularly at least four hours per month for at least a year. There are exceptions, such as school-based mentoring, which usually coincides with the school year, and other types of special mentoring initiatives. In such special circumstances, mentees should know from the outset how long the mentoring relationship will last so they can adjust their expectations accordingly.

How do I arrange for a speaker from the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation?

Foundation staff members are happy to meet with your organization or community group or set up an information table at your event to talk about mentoring opportunities and distribute information and application materials. We also have a 6-minute informational video that we can to share with your participants if you wish.  Click here to submit your request. Please provide information on the date, time, and location of your event and the nature and size of your audience.

How do I find a mentor for my child/grandchild?

The focus of the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation’s TEAM UP initiative is to recruit volunteers from the community and refer them to the many partner organizations served by the Memphis Mentoring Partnership, a part of the Foundation. Although TEAM UP does not operate a service to refer mentors to individual young people, families can contact those mentoring partners to see if space is available in the program. Families of Memphis City Schools students should check with their child’s principal or guidance counselor to see if the Memphis City Schools CONNECT Mentoring Program is operating at their school site. Other questions about this process or the TEAM UP initiative can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is committed to serving Memphis youth through education and mentoring.