Mentoring for a Better Tomorrow

Mentor for Change is a non-profit organization with a mission to unlock the potential in every youth through career-based mentoring

Our Outcomes

100%

graduation from high school

91%

matriculation in higher education at community colleges, CSUs, UCs, and/or private universities 

100%

employment in chosen profession after earning Associate's, Bachelor's, and/or Master's degrees 

100%

participation in community service in high school and the great majority sustain community service in college/post-graduation 

How it all began...

MFC started from a youth ministry in Lincoln Heights that had been serving the community since 1998. Through the ministry, youths experienced a strong sense of belonging, acceptance and transformation. However, the leaders noticed that the majority of the youths were not reaching their full potential so they conducted a survey of high school youths in the community. The survey revealed what the youth felt they needed most--legitimate, meaningful employment. The barrier to this was that many had not graduated from high school, or for those who did, didn’t see the value of furthering their education and training.
We realized that to many, educational attainment and career aspirations are vague possibilities, not a priority, as financial and environmental pressures push these dreams aside. Because of their lack of credentials and training, options for meaningful employment were further limited in an already competitive job market.
Mentor for Change was then established in 2013 to address two pressing concerns: lack of interest in education and stifled career dreams limited by socio-economic burdens. To create pathways to change, we provide career-based mentoring. The program has successfully graduated multiple cohorts, with 100% of mentees completing high school and 89% pursuing higher education after high school. 100% of our graduates who pursue higher education are first-generation college students. 

Leading the team

Establishing a network of people who will lift up our youths requires an incredible team. We're grateful to have some of the most committed leaders guiding our organization.

Founder and Executive Director since inception in 2013

Steven Yu

As a youth, Steven knew firsthand the lostness and hopelessness of disconnection. When he became a community development pastor, he recognized within the youth of Los Angeles and San Diego counties the traumas he himself had overcome. Thus, MFC was conceived and launched to share and grow the hope of a better tomorrow for every youth. While he leads MFC as his passion project, Steven also works as a Staff Analyst at the L.A. County Department of Health Services and Co-Chair of the Faith Collaborative to End Homelessness.

Board Chair

Marbella Lupercio

A native Angeleno, Marbella approaches her role as Board Chair with passion born of a critical understanding of what it takes for a first-generation college, low-income youth to achieve her highest aspirations. Now a senior accounting professional at NHBB, she leverages her own experience of transformative youth mentorship to be a changemaker for her community. 


Board of Directors

Marbella Lupercio

Chair

Michael Mata

Advisory Member

Esther Yim

Member

Gloria Kim

Member

Johnny Chon

Member

Eliza Kim

Member

Sam Koh

Advisory Member

John Yim

Advisory Member

Daniel Lee

Member

Diane Yim Ginn

Member

Sarah Kim

Member

Paul Lee

Member

Our Partners

Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise

DANIEL T. KIM, DDS

Susanna Mission Agency

Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise

DANIEL T. KIM, DDS

Susanna Mission Agency

Give Today to Impact the Future

With the help of your 100% tax-deductible donation, we can equip the next generation of youths with the relationships, knowledge, tools, and support to fund and implement their dreams. 

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 Mentor for Change is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity (Federal Tax ID: 46-3912101)
2241 N. Eastern Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90032