What is Mentorship?
A mentor is a trusted friend and guide. Youth mentorship occurs as a relationship between an adult and a youth that is focused on developing the character and capabilities of the young person. Mentoring is a wonderful way for caring adults to share their wisdom and experiences with future generations and to strengthen the communities in which we live.
Many kids today are deemed at-risk due to a variety of factors including poverty, family conflict, academic failure, poor mental health, substance abuse, and peer pressure. They may be unable to gain positive attention or engage in instrumentally healthy relationships with peers, parents, and teachers.
Mentoring programs have received serious attention as a promising approach to enriching children's lives by providing access to mutually beneficial relationships through positive adult contact and one-on-one support.
Researchers have concluded that youth who are involved with at least one caring adult are more likely to withstand a range of negative influences, including poverty, parental addiction, family mental illness, and family discord than their peers who are not involved in a similar relationship.
The Impact of Mentoring:
A 1995 Study by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America showed that young persons with mentors are:
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- 33% less likely to hit someone or demonstrate violence
- Youth reported more confidence and better relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
- Teachers reported an overall improvement in academic performance and quality of coursework
The Mission of Caring Connections-Mentor a Child (MAC) is to strengthen the self-esteem, social skills, and academic performance of youth by providing positive and consistent mentoring relationships that enhance the lives of both youth and adult volunteer mentors.
Caring Connections is a community-based mentoring program charged with matching trained and screened adult volunteer mentors with needful youth in the community. All children, regardless of personal circumstance, can benefit from mentoring.Contact us for information on how to get involved today!