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Many students make the decision to drop out of high school because they lack support and a positive role model who can help them see the value of their education and how their class work relates to their future goals. Mentoring is proven to have a positive impact on youth, including encouraging them to attend school regularly, explore potential career paths, graduate from high school, and pursue higher education.
Educators who participated in American Graduate teacher town hall meetings across the U.S. in 2012 said that mentoring was a significantly influential factor in helping students succeed, only behind smaller class sizes and as important as up-to-date technology. Additional research shows that mentors and who support students’ education and work with them to stay in school can mean a world of difference, particularly for those who don’t have adequate support from family or peers.
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A landmark study showed that students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school.
Youth in mentoring relationships present better attitudes and behaviors at school and are more likely to attend college than their counterparts.
VIDEO PLAYLIST: MENTORING IN ACTION
FRONTLINE | Middle School Moment
PBS NewsHour | Diplomas Now
PBS NewsHour | It Takes a Village
CET - Reducing Dropout Through Mentoring
WTTW - American Graduate Special
Nine Network | St. Louis BBBS
WGTE - Graduation Coaches
PBS NewsHour | Mentors
DPT | Ramon Mendez Story
Big Brothers Big Sisters
United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and...
Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins
Reel Works - using a unique one-on-one mentoring model to challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices...
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
City Year partners with schools and teachers to place trained young adults in schools where they’re needed...
Communities In Schools
Student Reporting Lab | Peer Mentors
Mentors often report gaining just as much out of the relationship as their mentee. Here, mentors tell about the value of mentoring
in their own words:
StoryCorps: Ralph Catania and Colbert Williams
StoryCorps: Little Brother Ky-Antre Compton interviews his Big, Stuart Chittenden
StoryCorps: Mikala Rahn, Carlos Crus, Dominick Correy and Anthony Gonzales
StoryCorps: Kate Musick and Harlee Patrick
LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED:
MENTOR, the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States, offers the following resources:
Network of Mentoring Partnerships- searchable database of local umbrella organizations that individuals can turn to in their community to advance local mentoring opportunities for young people and ultimately, help build young people’s positive futures.
Program Resources: A variety of information and resources to supporty your program
Research in Action Series - Reserach on 10 issues on some of the most pressing topics facing the youth mentoring field
Child Trends: Three Tips for Building Successful Mentoring Programs
Center for Evidence Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts-Boston
Diplomas Now: “What Your Community Can Do to End its Dropout Crisis: Learnings from Research and Practice”
Suspending to Mentorship: How to Curb the School-to-Prison Pipeline - Huffington Post
Untapped Potential: Filling the Promise of Big Brothers Big Sisters - Civic Enterprises
PARTNERS ENGAGED IN MENTORING:
Learn more about these American Graduate Champsions working to connect mentors and students around the country.