Mentoring

There is Value in Mentoring…

Get involved: Become a mentor!

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 worries.

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 ways and situations.


Support for education

  • Mentors help keep students in school.
  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are less likely than their peers to skip a class or day of school.
  • 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.
  • Mentors provide support for students trying new behaviors.
  • Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and less likely to start drinking
  • 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.


Support in the workplace

  • 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 about.
  • Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.

There are a number of ways mentoring can help youth are as varied as the people involved in each program. While the lists and statistics can be impressive, personal stories can be even more impressive. Help join us in our efforts to learn how you can become mentor or if you are interested in becoming a mentee email Director of Programs, Natasha Wilkerson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.