It's no surprise that research consistently proves the positive, long-term benefits of mentoring. Particularly for youth, a healthy mentoring relationship can be crucial to achieving both academic and personal goals. Studies point to increases in confidence and performance as well as decreases in risky behavior in children who are mentored.
- Girls with a mentor are two and half times more likely to be confident in their academic performance. Boys with a mentor are three times less likely to suffer peer pressure and anxiety, and two times less likely to develop negative behaviors.
- A mentor increases a student's likelihood of attending college by 50 percent.
- Mentoring reduces depression symptoms and increases social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.
For many youth in foster care, the transition from dependence to independence can be hard. Because they may experience frequent transitions and instability, foster children can benefit tremendously from the attention of mature, caring adults who serve as mentors. We encourage you to support mentoring community engagement efforts.
Click here for lead agency contacts if you would lit to mentor or support a child in care.