Education determines confidence, career, and income. Mentors place value on education and hard work to complete assignments with the best of efforts. Kids will see a new world as they learn from their mentor that education does matter and help to open the doors of the future.

Youth in mentoring program have “A better chance of going on to higher education… Better attitudes towards school with a higher value placed on schooling… [and] Improved positive social attitudes and relationships towards school, the future, the elderly and helping behaviors.”

– Mentoring as a Family Strengthening Strategy, National Human Services Assembly: Family Strengthening Policy Center

“…academic achievement is a key predictor of socioeconomic status… Overall, youth participating in mentoring relationships experience positive academic returns… Better attendance. Youth participating in mentoring programs had fewer unexcused absences from school than did similar youth not participating in these programs… skipped half as many days of school as did the control youth. And… showed a gain of more than a week of attended classes… Better chance of going on to higher education… participants were somewhat more likely to attend college than non-participant youth… Better attitudes toward school… that mentored youth had better attitudes toward school than non-mentored youth. In addition, teachers viewed youth mentored… as placing a higher value on school than non-mentored youth.”

–Mentoring: A promising Strategy for Youth Development – Jekielek, S. M., Moore, K. A.,Hair, E. C.,&Scarupa,H.J. (February, 2002)

“…through interactions with mentors, children and adolescents may acquire and refine new thinking skills, becoming more receptive to adult values, advice, and perspectives. In support of these possibilities, close, enduring ties with mentors have been found to predict improvements in academic and vocational outcomes (e.g., Herrera et al., 2007; Klaw, Fitzgerald, & Rhodes, 2003). Finally, as noted, mentoring relationships also may facilitate identity development (path e). Illustratively, mentors may help shift youths’ conceptions of both their current and future identities. Markus and Nurius (1986) have referred in this regard to ‘‘possible selves,’’ or individuals’ ideas of what they might become, what they would like to become, and what they fear becoming. More generally, relationships with mentors may open doors to activities, resources, and educational or occupational opportunities on which youth can draw to construct their sense of identity (Darling, Hamilton, Toyokawa, & Matsuda, 2002).”

–Mentoring Relationships and Programs for Youth, Rhodes & DuBois

“Young people can and will do well when they are given the chance to achieve and lead productive lives. When students realize they have options, they are excited about the future…career development and college readiness…help create pathways to post-secondary education.”

–”Unlocking Potential: 2011 Annual Report” by Communities in Schools

“Congress has recognized the potential of mentoring as a tool for addressing two critical concerns: poor school performance and delinquent activity.”

–Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP),

“A 2007 Gallup research project found that almost 44 percent of participating students improved their grades, 72 percent reduced their number of disciplinary referrals, and 86 percent improved their school attendance.”

–Bullying Prevention and Intervention: TeamMates Mentoring Program Lincoln Public Schools, Garringer 2008

“Our country’s education crisis can be summed up in one troubling statistic: Every 26 seconds a young person in America drops out of school.”
“One-third of high school students won’t graduate on time. Graduation rates are even worse for black and Hispanic students – 45 percent of them do not graduate with their class.”

–Update to Alliance for Excellent Education, The High Cost of High School Dropouts, 2010

“Dropping out of school destabilizes the lives of young people and our nations as a whole. The dropout crisis costs the United States billions of dollars each year in lost revenue and increased spending on government assistance programs. Dropouts are more likely to end up living in poverty or earn thousands less over a working lifetime. They are also more likely to suffer poor health, be dependent on social services or enter the criminal justice system. It is estimated that dropouts from the class of 2010 alone will cost the U.S. more than $337 billion in lost wages over the course of their lifetimes, an additional $17 billion in health care costs, and $8 billion each year in costs and lost revenue due to crime.”

–Alliance for Excellent Education, Healthier and Welthier, 2006; Paying Double, 2006; Saving Futures, Saving Dollars: 2006