The act of mentoring is when an experienced, knowledgeable individual (mentor) helps counsel someone less experienced/knowledgeable (mentee) in a positive way. The mentor does not necessarily have to be older than the mentee, but should have valuable experience that can benefit the mentee. Youth mentoring is an intervention and prevention strategy in which children, adolescents, or teens are matched with mentors, usually adults, who develop a positive emotional bond with the youth. The mentor serves as a role model for the youth, and offers support and guidance. The relationship provides a sense of connection for the youth that they may not otherwise have. Mentorship can help a youth develop socially and emotionally.