Mentoring is the one of the fundamental way adults provide young people with the support and guidance they need to believe in themselves and develop the skills that will prepare them for successful independence.

Quality mentors impact youth success and well-being in a multitude of ways:

Helping young people to avoid negative behaviors

  • Young people involved with mentors are less likely to be involved in bullying or other violent behavior.
  • Youth who meet regularly with a mentor are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
  • Youth involved with mentors are less likely to become involved with the juvenile justice system.
  • A recent study has found that youth involved in mentoring show fewer symptoms of depression, which can often lead to troubling behaviors and choices.

Supporting academic achievement and connection to school

  • 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.
  • Students involved with mentors have a better attitude toward school.
  • Students who are involved with mentors are more likely to go on to higher education.

Building positive social skills

  • Mentors help improve a young person's self-esteem.
  • Mentors provide support for students trying new behaviors.
  • Young people with mentors have more positive social attitudes and relationships, including with their parents.
  • Mentoring often teaches young people how to relate to different kinds of people.

Developing career skills and opportunities

  • Mentors help young people set career goals and start taking steps to realize them.
  • Mentors can use their personal contacts to help young people meet industry professionals, find internships and locate job possibilities.
  • Mentors introduce young people to new career possibilities.
  • Mentors can help their mentees learn how to seek and keep jobs.


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Mentors can make a huge difference in the life of a child.  We want to help you be prepared for a positive mentoring experience by offering you these resources.


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MENTOR Illinois

55 E. Monroe, Suite 3800

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-881-7767




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