Our Story

Founded in 1994 by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden in collaboration with The World Health Organization, Mentor International is the leading global federation of not-for-profit organizations working to develop youth development programs that focus on preventing drug abuse.

Young people around the world continue to face tough challenges. Globally, there are more young people than at any time in human history. Mentor has spent the last 22 years working tirelessly to help improve conditions for young people, inspiring them to fulfill their potential and look to the future with hope. We have developed cooperations and active partnerships with international agencies, governments, other NGOs, and the corporate sector to fulfill our vision. Nearly 100 Mentor initiatives have aided prevention activities in over 80 countries. The result is empowered youth who make healthy decisions and live drug-free.

To lose hope is a terrible destiny. Yet, we allow hundreds of millions of children around the world to grow up deprived of that most fundamental human right. The Mentor Foundation works to defend that right by identifying and connecting individual initiatives, programs, and research centers into one single network.

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden