What is Youth Mentoring?
Youth mentoring is the process of matching mentors with children who need or want a caring, responsible adult in their lives. Adult mentors are usually unrelated to the child and work as volunteers through the community. Children’s Aid Society has operated a mentoring program since 1986.
Does Youth Mentoring work?
Youth who meet regularly with a mentor are less involved with drugs and alcohol, do better in school, and have better relationships with parents and peers than youth who are not in a mentoring program.
Researchers found that youth matched in the program are:
- 46 percent less likely to start using drugs and 27 percent less likely to start drinking
- 33 percent less likely to hit someone
- 52 percent less likely to skip a day of school or skip a class
- They are more trusting of their parents and guardians, less likely to lie to them and feel more supported and less criticized by their peers and friends.
Benefits of Mentoring
We partner with parent/guardians, volunteers and others in the community. Most of all, we hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of risky behavior
- Educational success