Why do we use mentoring to make an impact?
By some estimates, as many as 9 million children have no caring adult in their life. As schools have tried to fill some of those roles, studies show that school-based mentor programs are less successful than community based mentor programs. With a partnership between schools, faith-based organizations, and community based programs, students can find an increased support system.
Youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation. They find more self-confidence, self esteem, and are able to create big goals for themselves. Studies also show that behavior, attitudes, and relationships improve when a youth has a mentor.
Young people with mentors have more positive visions of themselves and their futures, and they also achieve more positive outcomes in school, the workplace, and their communities.
People of all ages can benefit from a mentor. The Open Door works with children, youth, young adults, parents, and families to help our community thrive with active community members.