January is National Mentoring Month. ICM stresses mentoring as a basic component of improving child well-being.
Here are some stats about the effectiveness of mentoring:
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
- Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
- Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
- One of the strongest benefits from mentoring is a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
Here are some great Georgia organizations that are always seeking mentors:
If you want to learn more about the impact mentoring can have on children, you may want to attend the National Mentoring Summit. Click here for more details.