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What Is Mentoring?

  • A Matter of “Trust" and "Relationship”
  • A structured & trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring and accountable individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the young person’s competence, self-esteem and character.

Why Is Mentoring Important?

  • Sobering statistics are real, at-risk children and adolescents desperately need guidance and mentors to reverse these trends:
  • 57% of African American children have at least one parent in prison
  • Complications from HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among young AA women
  • Everyday more than 1,000 African American teenagers are arrested
  • 7% of all African American babies are born to young women under the age of 18
  • 85% of African American children are reading below grade level

Mentoring Statistics : Making A “Measurable” Difference

National studies have shown that mentoring programs decrease:

  • Illegal drug use by 46%
  • Alcoholic consumption by 27%
  • School truancy by 53%

Mentored Students:

  • Increase their grades by 59%
  • Increase their aspirations and goals by 79%

National studies have shown that mentoring programs decrease:

  • 98% of the youths paired with mentors stayed in school
  • 85% of youths who had a mentor did not use drugs
  • 98% of teens matched with mentors avoid teen pregnancy
  • 98% of youth paired with mentors avoided gang activity

Courtesy of Girls Who Rule The World

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