Research demonstrates that quality mentoring relationships significantly benefit young people, especially those perceived to be at risk. Mentors provide them with the confidence, resources, continuity, and support they need to achieve their potential. Public policy that supports quality mentoring programs is vital to ensuring that mentoring is leveraged as a strategy in all areas of youth development.
During the 114th Congress, several key issues affecting mentoring opportunities and mentoring programs are at stake—including funding for mentoring, passage of the Child Protection Improvements Act that affects background checks for individuals volunteering with or employed by mentoring programs, and inclusion of mentoring in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Your voice is critical in these efforts. 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.
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