The Mentoring Effect is a compelling new report informed by the first-ever nationally representative survey in the United States of young people on the topic of both informal and formal mentoring, as well as a literature and landscape review and insights from a variety of key leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and education. The report was commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T, and written by Civic Enterprises in partnership with Hart Research.
This report reveals a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by the life experiences of the young people surveyed and mentoring’s link to improved academic, social and economic prospects. This mentoring effect is growing and, if harnessed, it has the potential to help meet a range of national challenges and strengthen our communities and economy.
The survey found that there are 4.5 million at-risk young people matched in mentoring relationships through mentoring programs – a tremendous increase since the early 1990s when that number was only an estimated 300,000. Another 10.5 million at-risk young people have informal mentoring relationships with teachers, coaches, extended family members or neighbors.
Despite this positive trend, the survey shows that one in three young people will reach adulthood without connecting with a mentor of any kind. It also showed that with each additional risk factor a young person experiences, the less likely he or she is to connect with an informal mentor. This finding suggests a systemic shift to leverage quality mentoring programs to introduce mentors to young people who face a greater number of risk factors is a powerful and necessary strategy.
A summary of the report can be found here.
The full report can be found here.