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Community engagement is an undeniably critical part of ensuring that mentoring isn’t left to chance. Whether you’re a public official, teacher, counselor, school administrator, or business leader, we need your help and involvement to close the mentoring gap

Community Engagement

In 2014, a report was released titled The Mentoring Effect which gave voice to young people’s insights about the role mentoring plays in their lives. The report confirmed that mentoring has a significant impact that results in positive outcomes for young people involved. Mentoring connects them to networks of support and resources that allow them to reach for social and economic opportunity and succeed.

Unfortunately, one in three young people will grow up without a mentor. To close this gap, it will take everyone from parents, students and teachers to counselors, coaches and family friends – anyone who has a touch point in a young person’s life.

Community engagement is an undeniably critical part of ensuring that mentoring isn’t left to chance. Public officials can support policies that promote mentoring as part of comprehensive educational and youth development initiatives. Teachers, counselors and school administrators can ensure mentoring is integrated into holistic student supports. Business leaders can encourage employee engagement in youth mentoring by partnering with a nonprofit program and offering time to mentor during business hours.

Schools

Businesses

Law Enforcement

Public Sector

School

The Mentoring Effect survey found that students who were at-risk for not graduating but who had a mentor were 36% more likely to aspire to enroll in and graduate from college than those who did not have a mentor, and 55% more likely to be enrolled in college/university. For example, one survey responded said, “My mentor attended the college I’m at now, and she took me out and informed me of how to get into college. She was always there to support me.”

Schools and school boroughs across the country are tapping into the mentoring effect by partnering with local nonprofit experts to systematically match students to mentors to provide extra adult support and guidance to keep them on the path to graduation. Having provides a holistic approach to all other academic interventions aimed helping a student achieve.

Businesses

Father2Father found that top UK businesses are collaborating with the public and nonprofit sectors to connect youth in their communities to transformative mentoring relationships while also seeing the value returned in the form of employee satisfaction, growth and productivity. Private sector engagement is most successful when an initiative follows best practices, including:

  • Align mentoring engagements with your corporate strengths.
  • Collaborate with a non-profit expert or school for maximum impact.
  • Foster employee engagement through an open understanding of where and when mentoring takes place, as well as ongoing support.
  • Facilitate increased peer learning and idea sharing among service providers and private sector actors focused on mentoring.
  • Invest in proven, evidence-based programming.

Law Enforcement

The Mentoring Effect survey found that young people who were at-risk for not graduating secondary school but who had a mentor were 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities and 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities. Not only do the youth who are involved in extracurricular activities and volunteer work benefit, but so do their families, friends, and neighbors. Their involvement in positive activities helps them cultivate skills, values and meaningful relationships that promote healthy development.


At the same time, youth with mentors are more likely to resist negative influences. Mentoring is fifth in a list of 31 strategies for its rate of success in preventing criminal violent behavior. The young adults surveyed for The Mentoring Effect articulate the impact of mentoring relationships best in their own words:


“ [My mentor] gave [me] the skills necessary to diffuse conflicts between individuals."

Public Sector

Public servants with local, state and federal governments play a critical role in ensuring that mentoring is leveraged as a key component of any holistic approach to youth development and success. Funding for mentoring is vital to ensuring programs have the staff and resources necessary to run safe and effective operations. Equally important are policies that promote and support expanding and integrating quality program efforts. And public agencies can also enact personnel policies that allow employees time off to mentor.

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