Benefits of Mentoring for Young People
Successful mentoring—which is a hallmark of tCI’s youth programs—pairs young people with long-term, invested mentors who are intimately familiar with the realities of at-risk communities. FindYouthInfo.gov, an informational site formed by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), outlines some of the many benefits of these kinds of mentoring relationships.
Young people with positive mentors have increased graduation rates, lower drop-out rates, increased academic success, are absent from school less, and have better attitudes about school than peers without mentors. They also have higher college enrollment rates and educational aspirations.
Young people in mentoring relationships like those supplied by tCI programs also make better lifestyle choices. Solid mentoring relationships decrease a young person’s likelihood of using drugs and alcohol and engaging in violent behavior. This decrease is particularly significant among minority youths.
In addition to these other important benefits, mentoring also teaches crucial interpersonal skills which leads to stronger, healthier relationships with teachers, parents, and peers along with better behavior at school and at home. Having a long-term, invested mentor also enhances self-esteem and self-confidence.
But kids and teens aren’t the only ones benefiting from mentoring. Mentors themselves experience increased self-esteem, sense of accomplishment, patience, and improved supervisory skills. They also gain increased insight into young people, their issues, and their behavior—all of which is especially crucial for tCI’s mentors, many of whom are college students in fields like education and social work.
Read more about mentoring at FindYouthInfo.gov.