The National Mentoring Partnership Empowering At-Risk Youth

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has developed the National Mentoring Month Toolkit, an online resource to help local mentoring programs promote their activities during the month-long observance of National Mentoring Month. The toolkit includes materials for social media, media outreach, public outreach and advocacy, and corporate engagement.

Mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives, helping them make the decisions and connections that lead to improved opportunities. A mentor empowers young people to make smart choices that put them on a path to making better life decisions.

According to the National Mentoring Partnership, at-risk youth who participate in mentorship programs are:

52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school

55% more likely to be enrolled in college

46% less likely than their peers to start using drugs

81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities

78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities

130% more than twice as likely to say that they held a leadership position in a club or sports team

90% respondents who had a mentor said they are now interested in becoming members

Population of Focus: At-risk Youth

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Date: 2018