Mentoring provides meaningful connections that impact the people involved and influences their lives at home, at work and in their communities. For those who are being mentored, it is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects. For those who are mentoring, the relationship can build leadership and management skills, expand a mentor’s professional network, and provide an empowering opportunity to give back to the community.
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We are building a grassroots movement of natural mentors like teachers, coaches and family friends, formal mentors who work with a mentoring program, public and private sector supporters, donors and advocates who believe that an asset so critical — mentoring — cannot be left to chance. A movement to connect every young person to the kind of meaningful relationships that provide us all with networks of support and opportunity.
Your support of the mentoring movement directly impacts MENTOR’s ability to expand the number of matches supported through quality mentoring programs in communities across the country.
Every day, teachers, coaches and colleagues, build natural mentoring relationships with youth through simple interactions. This August, we’ll share stories and resources for mentors and mentees, whether natural or formal, illustrating their role in helping youth develop skills, confidence and social capital.
Stay connected to In Real Life on social media using #MentorIRL and check out our blog to read stories related to this theme and others that highlight mentoring’s impact on individuals, families and within communities.
There are 46 million young people ages 8-18 in our country and 16 million of them are growing up without a mentor. That’s one out of every three young people who, outside of their family at home, don’t have a trusted adult in their lives who they believe they can turn to for advice and guidance. And, 9 million of those young people face a variety of day-to-day challenges that put them at-risk for falling off track.