Mission, Vision, & History
We are committed to supporting young people and making an impact in their lives
Established in 2014, 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.
Our mission is to provide youth with guidance, support, and encouragement to make positive decisions that lead to a successful life.
Our vision is to provide the opportunity for youth to achieve their full potential to live a successful and rewarding life.
Guiding Light Mentoring takes a holistic approach by integrating community partners, parents, and youth through collaboration to help youth recognize and reach their highest potential while looking toward a brighter future.
Guiding Light Mentoring was founded in 2014 by CEO Latisha Owens. Ms. Owens felt a calling from God to provide youth with guidance, support, and encouragement in making positive decisions that would lead to a successful life. In her obedience to God, Ms. Owens started the business with just 5 mentors and 5 mentees and no budget. Ms. Owens believed so strongly in her calling, she used her own money to initially fund the organization. Relationships built through Guiding Light Mentoring have proven that mentoring is a key factor in the healthy development of youth.
Guiding Light Mentoring incorporated
Starts with 5 youth and mentors in the program
Started Partnership with Central Clinic’s HOPE for Children and Families Program
Received a $7,000 grant from Interact for Health
Received a Proclamation from the City of Cincinnati declaring October 13, 2017 as “Guiding Light Mentoring Day” in Cincinnati
CEO, Latisha Owens, received The Community Health Advocate Award from CCTST. This award recognizes an individual in the community working in service who has demonstrated leadership and a passion for improving health. The individual’s efforts have advanced health and wellness in children and/or adults in the community.
Launched I AM ME Youth Summit. I AM ME is a youth summit aimed at empowering youth in our communities through building their confidence and resilience to embrace who they are
Received a $5,000 grant from Interact For Health
Received a Proclamation from the City of Cincinnati declaring February 9, 2019 as “I AM ME Day” in Cincinnati
Launched the I AM ME Leadership Summer Program. This program is an extension of the I AM ME Youth Symposium
Founder and CEO was selected as one of the 2020 National Mentoring Summit Fellows
Our CEO, Latisha Owens has been recognized as a member of the 2019 Forty Under 40 class
Purchased office space in the Northside Community
Started partnership with University of Cincinnati recruit interns for Guiding Light Mentoring
Received a grant in the amount of $3,000 from The Rotary Club of Cincinnati
Received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the CareSource Foundation
Received two grants in the amount of $1,000 from the Summertime Kids of Greater Cincinnati Foundation Fund
Received a grant in the amount of $3,704.00 from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation & United Way of Greater Cincinnati's COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to help five families meet those immediate needs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
Received a grant in the amount of $500 from the Northside Community Fund
Guiding Light Mentoring received a grant in the amount of $2,000 from Interact For Health
Received a grant in the amount of $1,500 from the One Hundred Black Men of New York
Received a $9,000 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Received a $25,000 grant from the Hamilton County Non-Profit Relief Fund to assist youth and families of the program during the Covid-19 pandemic
Received a Magnified Giving Came Give grant
Received a $5,000 grant from the Elsa Sule Foundation
Whitewater Crossing Church donated a van to Guiding Light Mentoring
Our CEO, Latisha Owens, receives Deserving Neighbor Award
Launched a Remote Learning Program to assist students during the 2020-2021 school year
Provided youth and families with over $40,000 in assistance this year
Served over 130 youth this year
Guiding Light Mentoring started a partnership with Chase Elementary Chase
Our CEO, Latisha Owens was awarded a SEEDs Scholarship from AFP Cincinnati
Began a partnership with Project Connect
Partnership with the Cincinnati Public Library Northside Branch to provide youth with reading material and activities during the summer months
Received a grant from Magnified Giving to provide self-care packages to the mentee's guardian
Collaborated with other organizations to host an end of the school year celebration for Chase Elementary School that included breakfast, swag bags, and a keynote speaker
Participated in Cincinnati Public Schools Summer Scholars Enrichment
Program held at Chase Elementary School and Ethel M. Taylor Academy
Students of Chase were able to hear a powerful message from local actress Kiandra "Kiki" Layne about believing in oneself and their dreams
Partnership with Rhinegeist and Second Place to host a back-to-school supply donation
Received a grant from the City of Cincinnati to launch a Youth Violence Prevention Program
Held 1st Annual back-to-school event in partnership with Chase Elementary School that. We served over 275 youth and families from this event
Received a $1,000 grant from Interact for Health
Received a $10,000 grant from Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation
Received two mini grants from United Way
Held first mentee/mentor retreat at Camp Joy
Launched The Tasha Jones Porter Scholarship Fund and gave out first scholarship during our 4th Annual Gala in the amount of $2,500
Raised over $20,000 at our 4th Annual Igniting Future Leaders Gala
Received a $10,000 grant from the Andrew Jergens Foundation
Received a $5,000 grant from The Marge & Charles Schott Foundation
Received a $5,000 grant from Christ Church Cathedral
Received a $5,000 grant from The PNC Charitable Trust
Became Medicaid Certified
Terrence Porter made a generous donation of $50,000 toward the Tasha Jones Porter Scholarship Fund
New Partnerships with Hamilton County Juvenile Court and Legacy Residential Homes
Implementation of our Project E.P.I.C program (Endless Possibilities Influencing Change) geared toward addressing gun violence amongst male youth in our community
Received a $30,000 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Black Giving Circle
Hosted our 4-week I AM ME Leadership Program virtually in partnership with Chase Elementary School
Received a $1,000 grant from the Northside Community Fund
Received a $2,500 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation
Now offering case management services to youth
$5,000 grant received from the Elsa Sule Foundation
Partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools of Chase Elementary, Ethel M. Taylor Academy, and Kilgore Elementary for their Summer Scholars Enrichment Program to educate students on STEM activities.
Hosted our 2nd annual Northside Back-to-School Community Event in which we distributed more than 570 backpacks in addition to PPE supplies, uniforms, and hair necessities.
Received a mini grant from United Way in the amount of $1,500
Received a $5,000 grant from The Marge & Charles J Schott Foundation
Received a $1,750 grant from Whole Foods
Raised more than $15,000 at our 5th Annual Igniting Future Leaders Gala
Hired a Program Coordinator to oversee our Youth Education Program
Hosted our 5th Annual I AM ME Youth Summit at Chase Elementary. This year's event focused on gun violence prevention among youth in the community.
GLM partnered with McKie Recreation Center, Black Women Cultivating Change to host Fifth Third Bank's EBus to provide free financial literacy information to the community.
Received a $25,000 grant from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Foundation to launch our afterschool program to deliver social emotional learning and nutrition activities to elementary aged students.
Received a $10,000 grant from the Millstone Fund
Received a $10,000 grant from the CareSource Foundation
Received a $20,000 grant from the Vineyard Cincinnati Church
Received a $1,000 grant from the Northside Community Fund
Received a generous grant from the City of Cincinnati Human Services Fund to continue our Project E.P.I.C. (Endless Possibilities Influencing Change) program to address gun violence among teens in the community.
Partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools of Parker Woods Montessori, Ethel M. Taylor Academy, and Gamble Elementary for their Summer Scholars Enrichment Program to educate students on STEAM activities