February 26, 2016
Mentoring makes a significant difference in a child's future. Millions of young people live in situations without support and guidance from caring adults, putting them at risk for making decisions that undermine their futures and prevent them from living up to their potential. When you volunteer to become a mentor, you help young people plan for the future, develop important social skills and create brighter futures.
Young people who have mentors earn higher grades than those who do not. They do better overall in all subject areas, but especially in written and oral communications and the sciences.
Better school attendance is another benefit of having a mentor, and young people who have caring adults in their lives complete more of their assignments and are more engaged in the classroom. Students with mentors even place a higher value on education.
Behavioral Benefits of Mentoring
Young people who participate in a mentoring program are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, largely because they develop the skills they need to stay away from drugs.
Studies also show that young people with mentors are far less likely to resort to violence to resolve conflicts.
Day-to-Day and Workplace Benefits of Mentoring
Mentors make a tremendous impact on the day-to-day life of young people. Interacting with a mentor boosts self-esteem, encourages young people to try new, healthy behaviors, and helps them strengthen their communication skills, as well as relate well to different kinds of people.
As young people develop an interest in the working world, mentors help them set career goals and begin taking the steps necessary to realize them. Mentors connect their young friends with industry professionals, help them find internships, and introduce them to professional organizations and resources. Ultimately, this helps young people develop and follow a path to a brighter future.