“The impact of a positive mentor / mentee relationship is immeasurable,”
A report released this month by MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, shows that 76% of at-risk youth with a mentor aspire to graduate high school and attend college versus 56% of at-risk student who had no mentor. Further, at-risk youth are more likely to hold leadership positions (51% to 22%) and are more likely to volunteer and give back to their communities (48% to 27%). Mentoring is a critical dropout prevention strategy in Communities In Schools of North Carolina’s tool kit. CISNC trains mentors and harnesses the resources of local communities, businesses, social service agencies and health care providers to surround youth with the resources they need to succeed.
The theme for 2014 National Mentoring Month is Mentoring Works, Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters. The theme captures how mentoring impacts positive outcomes in the areas of academic achievement, behavior, workforce development and community engagement— all key factors in building stronger communities.
Today’s teens spend about 40% of their waking hours without companionship and supervision. Yet, research shows that a young person who meets regularly with a mentor through a quality-mentoring program is 52 percent less likely than his or her peers to skip school and 42 percent less likely to start using illegal drugs.
Governor Pat McCrory believes in the power of a mentor. As someone who has mentored youth, he declared January National Mentoring Month in North Carolina.
You don’t need special skills to become a mentor and impact the life of a child. January provides a good time to remember the adults who made a difference in your life. Was it a teacher, a coach or a pastor? Reach out and thank them this month and consider how you too can pour into the life of a child who needs someone to show them the path to achieve in life.