What are the benefits to students?
Research shows that a positive relationship with a non-parent adult can greatly enhance a child’s self-esteem and long-term success.
Students in mentoring relationships are less likely to:
engage in school violence, or
Mentored students are more likely to:
have positive relationships with parents and peers, and
have a better attitude toward school, family, and careers.
Mentored students are more likely to say:
“I can do well in school” rather than “Why bother?”
“I can say no to drugs” rather than “everyone else is doing it, so I guess I will too.”
“I can go to college” rather than “College isn’t for students like me.”
What are the benefits to mentors?
One hour of a mentor’s time each week pays dividends for lunch buddies for years to come.
Mentors have the opportunity to:
- Share their talent for drawing, Frisbee-throwing, jewelry making, tetherball, or any other fortes they may have.
- Learn more about the challenges facing today’s schools and students, and celebrate their successes.
- Be responsible for a student saying “I can.”