Guiding Light Mentoring

Name of Non-Profit Organization *
Guiding Light Mentoring
Today’s Date: * Thursday, June 29, 2023
Organization’s website
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number *
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? *
Address *

4141 Hamilton Avenue Suite #1
Cincinnati, Oh 45223
United States
County *
Hamilton County
Your Name * Latisha Owens
Your Title *
Your email address *
Your Phone Number (513) 541-9777
Executive Director’s Name *
Latisha Owens
Executive Director’s email address *
What is the mission of your organization?
Our mission is to provide youth with guidance, support, and encouragement to make positive decisions that lead to a successful life.
Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • (3) Children
Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
Guiding Light Mentoring is an organization dedicated to serving youth ages 8–18 in the Greater Cincinnati area by providing positive role models, teaching relationship skills, and helping develop moral character.  Since 2014, we have served over 1800 youth. We are committed to supporting young people and making an impact in their lives all at no cost to families.  We provide 1:1 community-based mentorship (Youth Education Program), school-based (after school programming), healthy mind and body (Wellness Program), summer leadership program and annual youth summit (Leadership Program), and tutoring (Academic Enrichment Program). Our vision is to provide the opportunity for youth to achieve their full potential to live a successful and rewarding life.

Guiding Light Mentoring addresses some of the prominent challenges many inner-city youth face by strengthening their overall foundation connecting them to supportive and trusted adult role models we call mentors. Our mentee-mentor relationships focus on academic success, leadership, self-esteem, job readiness and the importance of maintaining healthy family dynamics. From our findings we have discovered that increased academic success paired with a healthy environment and a consistent and healthy support system leads to increased self-esteem and boosts confidence.

We have found success with pairing our Youth Education Program along with our Wellness program to address the “whole child.” Our wellness program is dedicated to improving the health of youth with a priority on social, cultural, and emotional intelligence. This program is all about “Getting Up and Getting Out.” Youth are exposed to a variety of activities and culture. This includes, but is not limited to, arts/crafts, group outings, dance, and sports. Integrated into this program are elements of self-preservation and self-worth. “Getting Up and Getting Out” helps to improve the mind, body and spirit of our participants and volunteers.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? *
Yes, Grades 6 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.
One-time volunteering at our back-to-school event on 8/12/2023 or at our annual gala on 10/28.
Volunteer coordinator Sue Collins
Volunteer coordinator’s email address
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (513) 226-1973