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How does mentoring help?

Educationally
Everyday Life
Vocationally
Overall

Mentoring impacts education.

Mentoring has significant positive effects on two early warning indicators that a student may be falling off-track: High levels of absenteeism & Recurring behavior problems.
  • 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.
  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
  • In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school.

Mentoring impacts everyday life.

By being a consistent adult presence in a young person’s life mentors can offer advice, share life their experiences, and help a young person navigate challenges.
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. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are: 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who do not.
  • A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline.
  • Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them.

Mentoring impacts future careers and success.

One study estimates that the human potential lost as a result of the educational achievement gap is the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession.

By preparing young people for college and careers, mentoring helps develop the future workplace talent pipeline.
Mentors can also prepare their mentees for professional careers and assist with their workplace skills by:
  • Helping set career goals and taking the steps to realize them.
  • Using personal contacts to help young people network with industry professionals, find internships, and locate possible jobs.
  • Introduce young people to resources and organizations they may not be familiar with.
  • Skills for seeking a job, interviewing for a job, and keeping a job.
The number of ways mentoring can help a young person are as varied as the people involved in each program. < br /> While the lists and statistics can be impressive, personal stories can be even more impressive. Take a look at some mentoring success stories to see the impact of mentoring in real life.

Mentoring impacts the overall life of the individual.

Studies show that:
  • Children with mentors were more confident and had fewer behavioral problems. Girls in the study were four times less likely to become bullies than those without a mentor and boys were two times less likely. In general, young people showed increased belief in their abilities to succeed in school and felt less anxiety related to peer pressure.
  • Nonparent mentors – teachers, clergy, and civic leaders – are highly instrumental in how individuals learn to believe in themselves and tackle challenging goals.
  • Youth from disadvantaged backgrounds are twice as likely to attend college when they have a mentor.
  • Less than half of disadvantaged students have any adult mentor.
  • Young people who had experienced discrimination, family stressors, and abuse are less likely to break the law or engage in substance abuse if they have a positive mentoring relationship.
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