The Value of Mentoring

Young adults who were at risk of falling off track but had a mentor are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership postions

The expected outcomes for each mentored youth in our program are:

  • Increased academic performance
  • Improved school attendance
  • Greater classroom engagement
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
  • Decreased violent behavior
  • Improved perceptions of parental relationship
  • Decreased gang involvement
  • Graduation from high school and seamless transition into post-secondary education

When an individual adult mentors a child, the benefits to that child and to the communities are significant. A national study indicates that youth involved in formal, high quality relationships attend school more regularly, have better attitudes and behaviors at school, and are more likely to pursue post-secondary education. The study also discovered that mentored youth, as compared to un-mentored youth, are 46% less likely to initiate drug use; 27% less likely to initiate alcohol use; 52% less likely to skip school; and 32% less likely to hit someone.

At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges.

Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person.

Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.

SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION
  • Mentors help keep students in school.
  • Students with mentors are more likely to pursue post-secondary education.
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
  • Mentors help with homework and can improve their mentees’ academic skills.
SUPPORT WITH DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
  • Mentors help improve a young person’s self-esteem.
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking, and 32% less likely to engage in fights.
  • About 40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision. Mentors provide teens with a valuable place to spend free time.
  • Mentors teach young people how to relate well to all kinds of people and help them strengthen communication skills.
  • Mentors instill confidence and build character.
SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY
  • Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
  • Mentors can use their personal contacts to help young people meet industry professionals, find internships and locate job possibilities.
  • Mentors introduce young people to professional resources and organizations they may not know.
  • Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.
  • Mentoring creates community.

source: mentoring.org