Mentoring is a process through which an individual with experience in a certain area provides information and insight to a less experienced person. Mentors can be matched with "mentees"through formal programs or through informal family friendships and connections, or community contacts. Mentors can be valuable sources of inspiration and support to young people. Their focus may be on education, career development, and/or independent living. Mentoring sessions may involve in-person meetings, but may also be based on email and/or telephone communication.