Mentoring WORKS!

mentoringworks_logoEvery since I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to help people. I spent a lot of hours inviting my friends over to have meetings about band, math and whatever else came to mind. I didn’t want to keep the knowledge or joy to myself, I wanted to share it with everyone!

A few years later this led me to mentoring. Although there are many benefits to mentoring, not everyone sees the need for mentoring. Read these facts below and consider becoming a mentor today:

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 (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters).

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).

Studies show that mentoring increases the likelihood that a young person will avoid negative behaviors and participate successfully in school and community life.

Benefits of Mentoring

  • Low self-esteem leads to poor academic performance and can contribute to violent behavior such as cyber-bullying.
  • Lack of role model support leads to poor decision making, lack of goals and submission to peer pressure.
  • 59% of mentored teens get better grades
  • 81% of teens feel that talking with adults helps reduce teen pregnancy
  • 53% of students credit mentors with improving their ability to avoid drugs
  • 27% of mentored youth are less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% are less likely to skip school
  • Overall, youth participation in mentoring relationships experience positive academic returns
  • More than 90 percent of girls – 15 to 17 years – want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest.
  • Mentored teens have better school attendance and a better attitude towards learning
  • Mentored teens have an increased chance to complete higher education.
  • A girl is bullied every 7 minutes in the school yard, playground, stairwell, classroom or bathroom.
  • One in 10 teen girls were unable to say no when a boy asked them to do something that made them uncomfortable
  • Children with low self-esteem are 1.6 times more likely to meet the criteria for drug dependence than other children.
  • Girls with low self-esteem are four times more likely to engage in activities with boys that they have regretted later.
  • More than 90 percent of girls – 15 to 17 years – want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest.
  • Enhances young people’s social and emotional growth development
  • Promotes positive social attitudes and relationships
  • Exposure to new ideas and concepts help them realize their potential and dreams