Our History

Mentor’s Care is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by Dena Petty in 2009 and originally incorporated as a non-profit organization called Movement Toward a Future, LLC. Everything in this program and what we hope to accomplish is based on what Petty wished she had as a kid growing up in a very dysfunctional environment. The goal of Mentors Care is to give students what they need, not only to graduate, but to live their lives to their fullest potentials. 

Petty has worked and created this program from the ground up, learning hard lessons along the way. Now, after 10 years, we are seeing the traction and the impact of Mentors Care growing and becoming an unstoppable force in the lives of so many students AND the volunteers who mentor them! Our staff and board members have supported the program wholeheartedly from day one and remain true to the mission today. There is very little staff/board turnover because, at this point, we are a well-oiled machine and ours is one of the best boards in the state of Texas without a doubt. 

Impact by the Numbers (2020-2021)





Mentors Care’s mission is to connect high school students who are at risk of not graduating with mentors, tools, and resources to help lead them toward graduation and purposeful, fulfilling lives. Mentors Care will work with school districts that are historically underserved to enlist, train and equip adult volunteer mentors who care about and believe in the kids they serve.


Connecting at-risk high school students with adult volunteers to mentor the student to graduation and purposeful life.

Why We Exist

We have a significant population of students in our high schools who are at-risk of failing or not graduating due to homelessness, impoverishment, poor support systems, failed classes in previous years, poor attendance, incarcerated parents, single-parent homes, peer pressure, poor judgment and more.

Even students with loving parents and guardians can sometimes get off track. Mentors Care partners with those parents and school administrators to match “at-risk” students with caring mentors to help get them back onto a healthy course. Students without positive adult role models are at real risk of not graduating and often face more difficult futures. 

Our mentors assure young people that someone cares for them; that they are not alone in dealing with life’s day-to-day challenges. Mentors help students know they truly matter. 

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and their future. Ultimately, mentoring helps propel at-risk students to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity that they might otherwise never realize. Yet only one in three at risk students will ever be offered the opportunity to have a mentor.

*Percentages represent students enrolled in our program for at least 2 years and all students referred to our program are considered to be at risk of not graduating from high school.

At-risk students in our program close the educational gap with their peers

Young Adults Who Were At-Risk for Falling Off Track But Had a Mentor Are:

Less likely than their peers to skip a day of school

More likely to volunteer regularly

More likely to have leadership positions

Are interested in becoming a mentor

*averages by mentoring.org