The Importance of Youth Mentorship

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“Regardless of income level, my [Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D.] study showed that teens grew intellectually, interpersonally, and emotionally from supportive mentors. For example, most reported they were better planners, organizers, and problem-solvers. And they grew in self-confidence and self-awareness.” (Psychology Today)
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Mentoring creates positive impact in youth’s lives. Youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation and are less likely to drop out of school. They find more self-confidence, self esteem, and are able to create big goals for themselves. Additionally, studies show that behavior, attitudes, and relationships improve when a youth has a mentor. Mentors help children grow and close the social and/or economic opportunity gap.

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According to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, children at risk who had a mentor were:

55% more likely to enroll in college

52% less likely to skip school

37% less likely to skip class

78% more likely to volunteer regularly

90% interested in become a mentor themselves

130% more likely to hold leadership positions

Youth who had a mentor also showed a better attitude towards school.

Regular meetings between mentor and student saw that youth were:

46% less likely to use drugs

27% less likely to drink

81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities

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Youth also showed less depressive symptoms when they met regularly with their mentor.

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While meeting a student or child once or twice a month may not seem like a huge impact, mentors are creating positive change in the lives of their students. Mentors become someone that youth look up to and trust; and youth may see their own dreams in their mentor. Being a mentor is a rewarding experience that allows us to be the person our younger selves needed.

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Sources:

http://youth.gov/youth-topics/mentoring/benefits-mentoring-young-people

http://www.mentoring.org/why-mentoring/mentoring-impact/#1442856425662-6157b444-bcc4

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moment-youth/201301/mentoring-youth-matters