Teen Mentorship


Join us for the 2016-2017 Also-Known-As Mentorship Program!

Are you interested in getting involved with Also-Known-As?
Come participate in our youth or teen mentorship program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year!

--- New This Year ---

We are excited to invite children of international adoptees to join our Youth Mentorship Program!  The families of adoptees are an integral part of our community, and we look forward to including them in the program this coming year.

Program Mission

The mission of the Also-Known-As Teen Mentorship Program is to provide a community in which international adolescent adoptees, ages 13-18, can begin exploration of identity and race.  The principal objectives are:

  • To provide a community in which international adolescent adoptees can build friendships with others who share in the international adoption experience.
  • To encourage discussion about identity and race.
  • To provide a community in which international adolescent adoptees can feel empowered and find their own voices.


  • The program will meet one Saturday a month from September through May
  • A group of international adult adoptee mentors will be present at each of the events
  • The events will focus on fun as well as on exposure to adoption issues
  • Adult mentors and teens must agree and adhere to behavior guidelines
  • Families of the enrollee must pay a fee of $400 to cover the cost of the 9 events
  • Families must be members of Also-Known-As ($50 for annual family membership)

Information for Parents

Please fill out the following forms if you would like your teen son or daughter to be a part of the Teen Mentorship Program: 

 Information for Mentors

We invite prospective mentors to seek this opportunity to become role models, to become a friend, and to be an enriching addition to a young person’s life:

Past events have included

  • Rock Climbing
  • Cooking Class
  • Ping Pong
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Beach Day


  • Ice Skating
  • Apple Picking
  • Bowling
  • Laser Tag
  • Trapeze

Contact Information

Mike McDonald is the Director of the Teen Mentorship Program.  Please contact Mike for more information about the program or to submit an application to be a Mentee or Mentor.

Mike was born in Masan, Korea and adopted to New Jersey at 3 months old.  He graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a joint degree in History-Political Science and attained a Master's Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management in 2011 from Webster University.  He has been involved with the adoption community since he was a child, attending Holt Heritage Camp from 1994-2000, and returned as a camp counselor in 2003.  

Mike was heavily involved with Also-Known-As in 2003, volunteering as a Youth Mentor and helped stand up the Teen Mentorship Program.  From 2005-2007, he was a board member of AKA and co-directed the Youth Mentorship Program.  After attending the IKAA Gathering in Seoul in 2007, he moved to Korea in 2008 and became an active member of GOA'L.  Upon returning to New York, Mike started a podcast where he interviews international and transracial adoptees called "The Rambler with Mike McDonald."  Mike is happy to be entering his second year helping lead the Teen Mentorship Program and first year on Also-Known-As' Advisory Board.

2016-2017 Calendar

Activities for the Mentorship Program are scheduled for the following dates (all Saturdays):

Dec 10
Jan 21
Feb 11

Sept 24
Oct 15
Nov 5

March 18
April 22
May 20