H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden established Mentor International in 1994 in collaboration with The World Health Organization. It is the leading international federation of not-for-profit organizations working to develop evidence-based youth development programs that focus on preventing drug abuse.
Working with our Members around the world, we make prevention effective and visible by targeting young people and those around them. Our goal is to provide support, best practices, and evidence-based mentoring programs that offer young people the inspiration, empowerment, and motivation they need to make healthy life choices and view their futures more positively.
To empower young people and prevent drug abuse.
- Empower: equipping young people with tools to strengthen self esteem and enable informed decision-making.
- Inspire: providing opportunities that encourage young people to invest in their futures.
- Motivate: offering guidance as young people navigate the transition to adulthood.
Mentor is committed to providing and encouraging the development of best practices and evidence-based programs aimed at the promotion of health and well-being for all young people. Mentor's work has been recognized by the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, the World Health Organization, the Organization of American States, and the Council of Europe.
Mentor has reached millions of children as well as 50,000 teachers, parents, and caregivers. It has developed cooperation and active partnerships with international agencies, governments, other non-government organizations, and with the corporate sector to pursue its mission. Almost 100 Mentor initiatives have aided prevention activities in over 80 countries.