Why Mentoring Matters

Mentoring works. In her book Stand by Me: The Risks and Rewards of Mentoring Today's Youth, Dr. Jean Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts concludes that mentors influence young people in three important ways: 1) by enhancing social skills and emotional well-being; 2) by improving cognitive skills through dialogue and listening; and 3) by serving as a role model and advocate. And studies by the Carnegie Corporation note that when teens were asked what they wanted most in their free time, one of the most frequent responses was “long talks with trusting and trustworthy adults who know a lot about the world and who like young people.”

Courtesy of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership.

Why Mentoring Works

Mentoring is a proven strategy to build resiliency and life skills. Students in consistent mentoring relationships have been shown to be:

  • less likely to begin using drugs or alcohol
  • less likely to engage in violence
  • more likely to attend school
  • more likely to have a positive attitude toward school (Public/Private Ventures Big Brothers
    Big Sisters Study, 1995)
  • more likely to be positive toward elders and toward helping others (Jakielek et al., 2002

What the Research Says

Cobb Mentoring Matters is built on the “Best Practices” of the well-known successes of The National Mentoring Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

School-based mentoring programs...

  • Reduce school absences
  • Improve overall academic performance
  • Increase college participation
  • Improve attitudes and behavior in relation to school
  • Reduce drug and alcohol use (especially among minority youth)
  • Reduce likelihood of hitting others
  • Reduce likelihood of committing misdemeanors or felonies
  • Enhance positive attitude toward elders and toward helping others
  • Improve parental relationships and support from peers
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Marietta, GA 30060

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Cobb Mentoring Matters: 514 Glover Street, Suite 180 E •  Marietta, GA 30060 Office: 678-581-6811 Fax: 678-594-8731