How Mentoring Works
- Mentoring is a structured, consistent, and purposeful one-to-one relationship between a young person and a caring adult.
- Mentors serve as positive role models and encourage and motivate students to become their best.
- Mentoring is not case management, therapy, or teaching.
- Mentoring first focuses on relationships building to establish mutual trust, respect, and friendship. Once these building blocks are in place, mentoring can start to address specific goals and sensitive issues.
- Mentors offer students a pathway to expand their life perspectives, overcome obstacles and build on their strengths to make positive choices and develop essential school and life skills.
- Mentoring is a proven strategy to build resiliency and life skills. Students in consistent mentoring relationships have been shown to be:
- less likely to begin using drugs or alcohol
- less likely to engage in violence
- more likely to attend school
- more likely to have a positive attitude toward school (Public/Private Ventures Big Brothers Big Sisters Study, 1995)
- more likely to be positive toward elders and toward helping others (Jakielek et al., 2002)
How the Mentoring For Success program works
- This is a school-based program. Mentor pairs meet weekly on the school site for approximately one hour during the school year and also have contact during the summer.
- A Mentor Program Coordinator at the school site manages all aspects of the program to support mentors and their student mentees.
- Mentors engage in a variety of asset-building activities with students on school grounds.
- The program considers the individual needs and culture of each student.
- Group activities are held during the school year and in the summer months.
- Students may be referred to the mentor program by school staff. Students are invited to participate and parent/guardian consent is required.
This page was last updated on June 28, 2021