According to The National Mentoring Partnership, 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor.
Mentoring ensures that young people grow up knowing there is someone who cares about them, someone who will listen to what they have to say and encourage them to achieve their goals. Mentoring can have positive impacts on a child's education, daily life, and their future.
A study of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model found that, of children placed with mentors,
46% are less likely to begin using illegal drugs
52% are less likely to skip school
27% are less likely to begin using alcohol
Not only can mentoring change the lives of children and youth, but it can often transform the life of a mentor.
I can't tell you how many times I have had our volunteer mentors tell me that they feel guilty; that they feel they are getting more out of the mentor relationship than their Little. I always assure them that's not true, but when they volunteered, they were only thinking about making a positive impact on the life of child and didn’t realize that they would achieve personal growth and fulfillment through the process.
Liza Maupin, CEO and Big Sister, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada
I have to say I am personally grateful to participate in the program, and I am also enjoying getting to know more of these kids. I would like to add that I am grateful to your youth participants that they seem both welcoming and appreciative.
Cliff Climbers Mentor, Eddy House