Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for a significant portion of time (i.e., more than one year) are central to success.
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Regardless of income level, studies show that youth grow intellectually, interpersonally, and emotionally from supportive mentors.
Mentoring creates positive impact in youth’s lives. Youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation and are less likely to drop out of school. They find more self-confidence, self esteem, and are able to create big goals for themselves. Additionally, studies show that behavior, attitudes, and relationships improve when a youth has a mentor. Mentors help children grow and close the social and/or economic opportunity gap.
According to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, children at risk who had a mentor were:
55% more likely to enroll in college
52% less likely to skip school
37% less likely to skip class
78% more likely to volunteer regularly
90% interested in become a mentor themselves
130% more likely to hold leadership positions
Regular meetings between mentor and student saw that youth were:
46% less likely to use drugs
27% less likely to drink
81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities
Mentoring is just one component of our program that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.
Benefits for youth:
Increased high school graduation rates
Lower high school dropout rates
Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
Better attitude about school
Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved behavior, both at home and at school
Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
Improved interpersonal skills
Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
Benefits for mentors:
A sense of accomplishment
Creation of networks of volunteers
Insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
Increased patience and improved supervisory skills