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Why Mentoring?

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

The Problem

  • Low college completion rates, especially among first-generation students and students from low-income families

  • College engagement varies dramatically across students

  • More educated parents have broader social networks

  • Youth from affluent families have a wider range of informal mentors

  • Cultivating mentors is a lifelong skill that is rarely taught

   - Connected Scholars

Young Adults Who Were-At-Risk for Falling Off Track But Had a Mentor are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college

  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly

  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor

  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

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