Who Does Mentoring Benefit?
Young people (“Mentees”)- it is a chance for them to grow and explore new opportunities. With adult guidance, they are more likely to make positive choices and relate better to others. Other benefits include: a better attitude about school, higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations, enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence, improved behavior at home and at school and improved interpersonal skills, to name a few.
Volunteers (“Mentors”)- mentoring is a two-way street. Young people can teach adults valuable lessons too! Mentoring makes you take a step back from your life and gain perspective, and the lessons you teach are valuable reminders to you as well. Other benefits to mentors include a sense of accomplishment, creation of networks of volunteers, insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, increased patience and improved supervisory skills.
Families- children and youth with mentors relate better to others, are less likely to strike out in anger, and learn interpersonal skills, which helps with family communication and dynamics.
Communities- building positive relationships with young people is an investment. It helps them stay on course and become responsible, productive adults.
What does it take to be a mentor?
Mentors need time for consistent contact, patience, communication skills and respect for boundaries.