This month is National Mentoring Month. 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.
As part of MENTOR’s 2013 National Mentoring Summit, January 24-25, in Washington, D.C., American Graduate will screen FRONTLINE’s Middle School Moment, which examines the growing body of evidence that suggests the make-or-break moment for high school dropouts may actually be in middle school. MENTOR is an American Graduate partner.
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.
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:
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.
Research in Action Series - Reserach on 10 issues on some of the most pressing topics facing the youth mentoring field
Untapped Potential: Filling the Promise of Big Brothers Big Sisters - Civic Enterprises
Learn more about these American Graduate Champsions working to connect mentors and students around the country.