Benefits of Mentoring

The relationship between a caring adult and a young person can have a powerful impact not only on the child, but on the volunteer mentor and the community at large.   Considerable research on mentoring has been conducted in recent years.  Some of the key findings are summarized below:

 Benefits to Youth

  • More likely to engage in positive behavior
  • More likely to improve school attendance
  • More likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities
  • More likely to hold a leadership position in a club, sports team or other group
  • More likely to graduate from high school and enroll in post-secondary education
  • More likely to volunteer in their community
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Improved social attitudes and relationships with peers and adults
  • Lower rates of substance abuse and pregnancy

Benefits to Volunteer Mentors

  • Learn more about themselves
  • Feel valued
  • Energized by giving back to their community
  • Volunteering provides an opportunity to put their values into action
  • Learn new skills

 Benefits to Communities

  • Increased graduation rates
  • Reduced education costs
  • Reduced juvenile crime saving victim costs, court costs and costly treatment of juvenile offenders
  • Reduced needs for social services as more youth complete high school, attend college and gain employment

 Benefits to Businesses

  • Workers whose employers encourage them to mentor report greater job satisfaction and higher productivity
  • Increased graduation rates and college completion results in a better educated and trained workforce

One in three young people do not have a mentor. Nationwide, that means approximately 16 million youth, including 9 million at-risk youth, will reach age 19 without ever having a mentor.