Having a mentor helps young people stay engaged in school, develop a positive attitude toward learning and makes them more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and succeed in a work environment.
- Youth who have mentors are 52 percent less likely to skip school, making them more likely to graduate
- 64 percent of students with mentors develop a more positive attitude toward school, leading to better learning
- Youth with mentors are 63 percent more likely to reduce high-risk behaviors, and drug, alcohol and tobacco use
Quality mentoring not only impacts youth – it has a significant effect on mentors, families, schools, businesses and community organizations. Mentoring strengthens communities. We call this The Mentor Effect. And it’s working in our community.
Whether you’re looking to become a mentor, find a mentor for your child, or learn how you can get your school, business, or organization involved with a mentoring program, there are a number of ways you can search for a program:
Becoming a mentor
Mentors are caring adults who are committed, responsible, and reliable. Mentoring is most effective when it’s a structured and trusting relationship that brings together young people with caring individuals who can offer guidance, support and encouragement.
There are many different types of programs to suit everyone's needs and busy schedules, and with more than 370 quality organizations in our network, you are sure to find one that best suits you. Here are some common mentoring classifications:
- Site-based: Mentoring takes place at a specific location, such as a community agency, school, or workplace. Mentors and mentees meet at the same designated meeting place.
- Community-based: The mentor and mentee can meet anywhere they choose, such as events, museums, etc.
We encourage you to make a difference in a child's life - as well as your own! There are more than 3,000 youth across Massachusetts waiting to be matched with caring, adult mentors. For more inspiration, check out some of these great mentor testimonials on our blog.