Mentoring and Job Rewards
One of the most important components of the Claretian Initiative (tCI) youth programs is that they give young people the opportunity to connect with caring and accomplished adults who serve as positive, natural mentors. These relationships can pay dividends in unexpected ways. Recent research from North Carolina State University finds that youth who have mentors are more likely to find rewarding work early in their careers.
Young people who have had mentors are more likely to have authority and autonomy in their jobs at a younger age. This makes work more fulfilling for them and helps their ability to achieve long-term career success.
A more fulfilling career is just one of many benefits of positive mentoring for youth. Young people with mentors also have increased graduation rates and academic success, better attitudes about school, and higher college enrollment rates. Mentoring relationships decrease a young person’s chances of using alcohol and drugs and participating in violent behavior.
The Marimba Ensemble, Woodshop, and Youth Basketball League are just a few examples of tCI programs that help kids naturally connect with mentors. You can help us raise support for these important programs by spreading the word about them on Facebook and Twitter and by encouraging your friends to sign up for our monthly email. Join us in making a real impact for youth!