Mentoring helps a young person feel valued and cared about through an adult who shows interest in them. Mentors help direct young people in a positive direction, and by being a trusted friend that young people can talk to about life challenges.
Research shows that young people who have a mentor are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to start drinking and 53% less likely to skip school, and 33% less likely to hit someone.
Jean Rhodes, author of the book “Stand by Me”, and prominent researcher on mentoring relationships, states mentors can influence their mentees in three important ways:
by enhancing social skills and emotional well being;
by improving cognitive skills through dialogue and listening;