2017 SCI Idealist Honoree


SCI is delighted to announce David Shapiro as our 2017 SCI Idealist

Award Honoree


David Shapiro is the CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships. MENTOR was founded 25 years ago to build and activate a youth mentoring movement. Since then, the number of mentoring relationships has grown from 300,000 to more than four million. Under Shapiro’s leadership, the organization has been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and was selected by the U.S Department of Justice to establish and operate the National Mentoring Resource Center.


In 2014, MENTOR’s report, The Mentoring Effect, found that 1 in 3 young people reach adulthood without a mentor. MENTOR’s strategy to close that gap incorporates policy expertise and advocacy, public awareness and mobilization. The organization bridges research to practice, and develops and delivers standards, training and tools in collaboration with its national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships.

Shapiro was previously the CEO of MENTOR’s Massachusetts affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership and he has held positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He chairs the Mass Nonprofit Network board and serves as a volunteer leader with America’s Promise Alliance and National Human Service Assembly.