The Importance of Mentoring

In January 2016, National Mentoring Month (NMM) will mark its 15th year as a large-scale public awareness campaign. In real life, who do you turn to? 9 million kids in America are growing up without an answer to this question. They make everyday choices that lead up to life’s big decisions without enough guidance and support – the kind most of us count on. Every kid should have someone to turn to. Join the movement, Mentor IN REAL LIFE. Research confirms what we know — that mentoring works! 

A recent landmark study by Big Brothers Big Sisters found that, nationwide, after 18 months of consistent mentoring students were:

  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 33% less likely to hit someone

Even taking just a few moments a week to be a positive role model can make a big difference in a child's life!

10 Reasons to Become a Mentor
National Mentoring Month PSA: Become a Mentor
 

AmeriCorps on the Frontline is a dropout prevention mentor-based intervention program that addresses student attendance, behavior and course performance.

United Way bornlearning academy is a program which connects community members with their local education institutions by bringing parents directly into schools.

WV eMentoring connects West Virginia high school students to mentors based on career interests through an online program.