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.
A new report released by Mentor this month finds the following:
At-risk young adults who had a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.
At risk young adults who had a mentor are 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who did not have a mentor.
At risk young adults who had a mentor are more than twice as likely to hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council or other group.
At risk young adults with mentors are 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities than those with a mentor.
Browse through the playlist below to learn more about the American Graduate partner organizations involved in mentoring. Consider becoming a mentor with the organization is best suited for you.
Mentoring Partnership Network- Mentoring Partnerships are non-partisan, public-private organizations that galvanize local or statewide mentoring movements, providing the leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Mentoring Partnerships serve a unique role as a clearinghouse for training, resources, awareness, and advocacy, providing the critical link between MENTOR's national efforts and local organizations and programs that foster and support quality mentoring relationships.
Research in Action Series - Reserach on 10 issues on some of the most pressing topics facing the youth mentoring field
Mentors often report gaining just as much out of the relationship as their mentee. Here, both mentors and mentees tell about the value of the mentoring relationship in their own words.
Untapped Potential: Filling the Promise of Big Brothers Big Sisters - Civic Enterprises
WHRO partnered with Norfolk Public Schools and the Norfolk Education Foundation to co-host an A+ Community Partners Matching Fair. With the headline that an investment in the education of Norfolk’s children is an investment in the community’s future, this was an open house format for business leaders, community organizations, and individuals interested in helping schools by meeting and talking to school representatives, learning about parent and volunteer needs, and connect in the community. WHRO brought together Norfolk Public School officials and local faith leaders to discuss the critical need for more mentors for at-risk students. Building off of this discussion, WHRO has continued to cultivate this relationship with the faith-based community and is building an online tool to match students with mentors.
WETA, along with its partner Double the Numbers (DTN), conducted a gap analysis of the dropout prevention services and support available for local youth. The analysis identifies what kinds of services are provided, where they are provided, and what is still needed – in each ward of Washington D.C. A snapshot of selected education and youth development organizations in DC can be found on DC Dropout Prevention Resources. Volunteer opportunities for those in the community to help keep students engaged in their school work are currently available through the Get Involved section of the D.C. Collaborative ’s website.
Vegas PBS launched a new online mentoring program through their Workforce Training and Economic Development Department in partnership with the Clark County School District and corporate partners NV Energy, MGM Resorts International, United Way of Southern Nevada, and Bank of America. The program provides free training for educators and community members who are interested in certification to mentor young people.
CET has aired PSAs with calls to action featuring prominent local leaders on the power of mentoring. The station has also devoted time on air through its broadcast series to promote the role of mentoring in keeping kids in school and connect viewers with organizations.
New Mexico PBS aired a PSA about the mentoring opportunities offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and student success stories. The station website also includes a Be A Mentor page with descriptions and links to seven local organizations for visitors to connect with to get involved as mentors.
PBA and WHUT’s Digital Media Arts Clubs (DMAC) is training students in broader uses of technology. As part of the club, students meet with mentors who speak with them about the importance of staying in school and the skills needed to pursue a career in digital media.