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Want to help kids, but don’t have much “in-person” time to offer? Try HIGH-TECH MENTORING. About 70 mentoring programs operate online, according to Mentor/National Mentoring Partnership. They vary from internal programs like IBM’s Mentor Place, which matches employees with projects at elementary through high schools, to individuals helping the nonprofit ICouldBe ( assist teens with career planning.

Start at Mentor’s Web site ( to find your own fit. “E-mentoring is really just a very modern take on an ancient method of helping young people succeed,” says Gail Manza, executive director of Washington, D.C.-based Mentor.

While still early in its development, initial studies show e-mentoring can effectively build long-lasting and close relationships, the two hallmarks of successful mentoring. Manza says her group will keep studying e-mentoring, but believes it has great potential. “With the Internet, the world has shifted,” she says. “I can’t imagine e-mentoring won’t find a place.”