Mentors strengthen their young person’s view of themselves through common experiences and by offering a positive perspective of their value to them and their community. Through this relationship kids discover that they are valuable and have purpose, they develop greater confidence, make better decisions, and gain a more positive outlook on their future.
“The strongest program benefit, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms—a particularly noteworthy finding given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. Findings also suggested gains in social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.”
–Role of Risk Study, Herrera/DuBoise/Balwin Grossman http://www.mdrc.org/publication/role-risk
“Children thrive in environments where they have positive role models who believe in them…champions for students – removing barriers, offering support and encouragement, and creating expectations for success.”
–Unlocking Potential: 2011 Annual Report” by Communities in Schools