The Mentor Effect
- January 31, 2014
In order to celebrate and reflect on the 13th annual National Mentoring Month that took place throughout the month of January, we would like to share a recent report released by Mentor, a national mentoring advocacy organization. The report is based on the first nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring.
The report found that mentoring is a powerful tool to improve life outcomes, especially in youth between the ages of 16-24 and who are neither in school nor employed. The survey found that that since the early 1990s, the number of at-risk youth who are involved in a structured mentoring relationship increased from 300,000 to 9.4 million today, yet 1 in 3 young people surveyed did not have a mentor while growing up. Importantly, the report also collected data relating to the importance of informal mentoring relationships. For example, the survey found that “with each additional risk factor a young person experiences, the less likely he or she is to connect with an informal mentor.”
For more mentoring resources check out:
Mentor’s newest releases, including news and research around mentoring.
Ways to get involved with mentoring from the Corporation for National and Community Service, including the Corporate Mentoring Challenge sponsored by the White House.
National Mentoring Month official website.