Giving Tuesday: Meaning of Mentorship and Community

Many of us attribute our success to the mentors and community that shaped us and helped us grow. Here is how one North Carolina non-profit ensures at-risk youth have access to a supportive community. 

Life Connections of the Carolinas is a non-profit dedicated to keeping at-risk kids out of jail and keeping families connected. Their primary program, DASH (Developing Adolescents, Strengthening Homes), provides comprehensive mentorship, support, and advocacy to help young Carolinians achieve their goals. Life Connections receives referrals from juvenile court, judges, DSS, mental health, schools, or any agency or family who believes that a young person would benefit from a holistic mentorship experience.  

Life Connections also works with adults recently released from jail and prison to develop life skills necessary to break the cycle of recidivism. DASH (Developing Adults, Strengthening Humanity) Re-entry is the longest running and largest provider of life skills instruction in the Mecklenburg Country Jail system.

“Mentors work with youth and their families to overcome systemic barriers and guide them toward a better future. By introducing mentors to at-risk youth and adults, Life Connections combats the cycles of poverty and incarceration and creates a community of resilience,” says Erik Schalburg, Director, Architecture at 

A big supporter of Life Connections, Erik fundraises for them annually. Visit the 100 Life Connections page to learn how you can make an impact.

This post is part of a series that highlights the non-profit organizations that members of our team support. Read more about's GivingTuesday initiative here.