Right now, 1 in 3 children and adolescents will grow-up without a mentor of any kind, yet we know that young people who have a mentor are much more likely to participate in after-school activities, be leaders in clubs and teams, volunteer and go on to college. Your gift helps increase our country’s capacity to provide quality mentoring relationships to the more than 9 million at-risk youth who lack a positive caring role model we know they need! Help us close the mentoring gap in America.
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Few bonds in life are more influential than those between a young person and an adult. At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. But, mentoring doesn’t just affect the young person. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees. Learn more about becoming a mentor and find a mentoring program in your area.
Public policy that supports quality mentoring programs is vital to ensuring that mentoring is leveraged as a strategy in all areas of youth development. Legislators listen to the views of their constituents. That means YOU have the power to influence the outcome of legislation, simply by communicating your views to your legislators. Learn more about our Legislative Agenda and join our Advocacy Network to receive email updates on mentoring issues.
Stories connect us to each other, they motivate us to take action and they inspire us to give back. We all have stories to share and our collective voice will help propel the mentoring movement forward. It all begins with sharing your story. Do you have a mentor you want to thank? Someone who made or is making a tremendous difference in your life? Or maybe you are a mentor and have had a transformational experience mentoring a young person? We want to hear from you. You can email your stories to Jennifer Merrill or join the conversation through our partnership with LinkedIn.
MENTOR and its network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships are committed to closing the mentoring gap by providing a wide-range of resources and tools to help mentoring programs connect more youth to mentors– in ways that are safe and effective.
There is no better way to understand the impact mentoring can have then hearing directly from who benefit. Though each mentoring story is different, they are all inspiring. Stories show how the mentoring effect has a profound impact not only on mentees, but also mentors.