Founded on the Principle
of Providing a Hand Up
Founded in 1990, Mentors International has impacted more than 4.9 million people throughout some of the world’s most poverty-stricken developing nations. This life-changing work sprung from the efforts of a few transformative individuals who used their knowledge, experience, and determination to propel these millions of people to self-reliance.
They knew that by providing a hand up instead of a handout, they could permanently lift individuals and families from the depths of generational poverty. Each of these founders, past presidents, and former leaders have laid a strong foundation that has enabled this organization to stay true to our mission for more than three decades.
Today, through mergers and expansions, we continue to uphold that legacy with ever-increasing fervor and effectiveness. In 2019, Mentors International merged operations with Lifting Generations, which was built upon the merger of Cause for Hope and One Life at a Time in 2016. With the merger of Mentors International and Lifting Generations, we’ve become one of the largest mentoring organizations dedicated to transforming generational poverty into sustainable self-reliance. Continue reading to learn more about the founders, past presidents, and former leaders who have shaped this organization over the last 30 years.