Mentoring is a multi-faceted, proven strategy for positive youth development. Youth are more likely to succeed in life when they have the additional support of a caring, consistent adult mentor. Having a mentor can enhance a young person’s capacity to learn skills, build resiliency and develop self-control. Youth with mentors are less likely to engage in risky behavior with drugs and alcohol. They are more likely to develop positive relationships with peers and adults. And they are more likely to become happy, healthy and productive members of society.
The Mentoring Effect
The Mentoring Effect is a study completed in 2014 by MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership. It shares data from the first national survey of young peoples’ opinions on formal and informal mentoring.
The survey showed that mentoring has a profound positive impact on youth, especially at-risk* youth. At-risk youth who had a mentor are…
- 200% more likely to hold a leadership position in a club, school council, sports team or other group
- 81% more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
- 55% more likely to enroll in college
Making a Difference
A study by Big Brother Big Sisters found mentoring can have a profound impact on youth. After just 18 months in a mentoring relationship youth were…
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- 33% less likely to hit someone