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Mentoring Works

One of the 15 Effective Strategies we identified was Mentoring.  In 2004, a Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America found that of the young people with mentors:

  • 78 percent showed improved self-confidence
  • 67 percent were better able to make decisions
  • 65 percent were better able to express their feelings
  • 52 percent were less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
  • 46 percent were less likely to start using illegal drugs
  • 27 percent were less likely to start drinking alcohol

Teachers reported behavior changes in students who had mentors, as found in Creative Mentoring’s Annual Report of the 2004 – 2005 school year. Of those students:

  • 81 percent increased their self-confidence
  • 68 percent think more before acting
  • 61 percent improved their ability to relate to adults
  • 67 percent were better able to express their feelings
  • 62 percent demonstrated better cooperation
  • 56 percent improved in reading
  • 56 percent became more responsible
  • 63 percent improved their attitude toward learning
  • 60 percent participated more frequently in class

Parents reported behavioral improvements in their children who had mentors as well. Parents stated their children had:

  • 88 percent increased their self-confidence
  • 85 percent demonstrated better cooperation
  • 72 percent increased reading skills
  • 75 percent increased their attitude toward learning
  • 78 percent became more responsible
  • 74 percent improved in language arts
  • 74 percent were better able to follow directions
  • 71 percent participated more in class
  • 79 percent were better able to express their feelings
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