Why Mentor? Mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who will empower, encourage, and be an advocate who cares about them. Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.
A survey conducted by The Mentoring Effect found that 1.8 million at-risk young adults had been matched in mentoring relationships through mentoring programs while they are growing up. In the early 1990s an estimated 300,000 at-risk young people had a structured mentoring relationship. Another 1.4 million at-risk young adults had informal mentoring relationships with teachers, coaches, extended families or neighbors while they were growing up.
Despite the positive trend, one in three young people surveyed did not have a mentor while they were growing up. However, the experiences of the young people surveyed showed significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor. At-risk young people and high achievers with mentors were more likely to aspire to attend and to enroll in college. They also were more likely to report taking leadership roles in school and extracurricular activities and to regularly volunteer in their communities.
Mentoring at CECParker: To become a mentor for our school, one must understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:
Qualifying to be a CECParker Mentor:
Understanding the Value of Mentoring:
No one should be alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in various situations where they have knowledge and skills.
Again, through survey research, young people showed significant positive outcomes for those who had a mentor.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”