Research shows that most mentors benefit from their experience. Many mentors can expect to:
- Have direct impact in their neighborhood or community
- Share what you know with a young person that really wants to learn
- Gain experience that is important to professional development
- Fill available time with mentally engaging activities
A recent study found that 98% of existing mentors would recommend mentoring to others.
Mentoring in America.
With a mentor, kids are more likely to graduate from high school.
Only 76.4% of Indiana high school students are graduating.
Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class (Public/Private Ventures: Big Brothers Big Sisters). In Terre Haute, a mentoring initiative started by the Vigo County School Corporation helped raise the graduation rate of African American students from 48% to 85% in four years.
With a mentor, kids are more likely to attend a four-year college.
Kids who have better attitudes and behaviors at school are more likely to pursue post-secondary education. In Indianapolis, 80% of the first class of graduates from the Starfish Initiative mentoring program in Indianapolis enrolled in college.
With a mentor, kids are less likely to fight in school or get involved in criminal activities.
Indiana is seventh worst in the nation in the rate of juveniles committed to the Department of Correction. Case filings in Marion County alone totaled 4,139 in 2007. However, according to Big Brother Big Sisters of America, youth involved in high-quality relationships with adult mentors are 46% less likely to initiate drug use, 27% less likely to initiate alcohol use, and 32% less likely to hit someone.
Still not convinced? Have questions about the commitment?
These pages should shed some light:
What is Mentoring?
Frequently Asked Questions.