Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.
Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, stay in school, and engage in their communities. A study showed that, with a mentor, youth are:
Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset. Nationally, that’s 16 million young people.
Locally, the mentoring gap amounts to 620,943 young people in Virginia growing up without the supportive guidance of a non-parent adult. This mentoring gap drives MENTOR Virginia’s strategy for connecting more youth to high-quality mentors.