Why Does Mentoring Matter?
5 Important Reasons to Support Mentorship
1. MENTORSHIP IMPACTS YOUTH IN SCHOOL
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 Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
2. MENTORSHIP REDUCES DRUG/ALCOHOL ABUSE
Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
3. MENTORING PROMOTES POSITIVE SOCIAL ATTITUDES AND RELATIONSHIPS.
Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
4. MENTORSHIP HELPS TO PREVENT DEPRESSION IN YOUTH
Studies show that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
5. MENTORSHIP INCREASES COLLEGE ENROLLMENT
Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
LYS By the Numbers
- • 15219 Total hours of coordinated mentor/mentee interactions during the Club year through LYS events.
LYS members meet with their mentors three times each month. Our mentors are responsible for providing a positive environment and example and monitoring the growth of each club member. Parents are encouraged to be involved and stay connected with the program as we continue to provide support to their young men.
- • 9 monthly club meetings which account for 12,468 hours of positive mentor interaction with members which allowed for the learning of life skills, problem-solving techniques and training about topics such as college and career preparation, overcoming obstacles, making wise decisions and much more.
- • 84 Mentees
- • 32 Mentors
"Statistics based on total member and volunteer enrollment from August 2018-June 2019"