What is mentoring?
Mentoring provides a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. The mentor is not a replacement for a parent, nor are they a counselor or teacher. Mentors are a sounding board and confidant to a young person.
How does mentoring make a difference?
There has been a great deal of international research carried out on the benefits of mentoring to a young person. Research by Joseph P. Tierney and Jean Baldwin Grossman and David L Dubois et al (see below), has shown that young mentees are:
Less likely to become involved in criminal activity,
Less likely to become involved in drug taking and alcohol abuse and
Less likely to leave school early
More likely to have improved academic performance
Have better relationships with their teachers and family compared to their peers who are not mentored.