The Problem.

A student's development can suffer if they are not exposed to positive mentoring environments in the early stages of life.

 
 

Poverty

Children raised in poverty are faced daily with overwhelming challenges that more affluent children never have to confront. The day-to-day insecurities of life in poverty and related stresses can inhibit early development of the neural connections that enable executive function, leaving children with both academic and behavioral problems

Dropout Rates

Washington's 4-year graduation rate is 78.1% for students who entered 9th grade for the first time in 2011-2012. This group is commonly called the Class of 2015.  While Lynden's graduation rate is 92% any student not graduating is a serious matter.  Mentoring relationships can provide strong support for students at risk of not graduating.

 

Home life

The home environment provides the foundation for learning and is a powerful element of a student's life that can affect their grades, according to the Arkansas State Parental Information and Resource Center's Center for Effective Parenting. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children are well-fed, well-rested, happy & calm.

Negative Peer Pressure

The affects of negative peer pressure can be like that of a snowball; one poor decision can lead to another poor decision, then a larger one, and so on. This negative progression, if not halted, or redirected to positive alternatives can lead to life-impacting damage that may take years to overcome. 

 

The Solution.

Students need a caring adult in their life to listen to them, to believe in them, and to dream with them. Over the span of one school year a positive, healthy mentoring relationship can cultivate significant growth in a student. Your friendship, support and encouragement will help a student navigate toward their next education and/or work decisions. Many great lessons in life can only be caught by young people in strong, nurturing, adult-student relationships. 

 

Students of all proficiency levels and life situations ask for mentors. Many just need a caring adult to talk to. There is positive proof that students who have a close relationship with at least one caring adult outside their family achieve brighter futures.

 
 

Academic Achievement

Mentoring by a caring adult over a prolonged period of time has been shown in countless academic studies to be effective in combating these risk factors. Studies have revealed a correlation between a young person’s involvement in a quality mentoring relationship and positive outcomes in the areas of school, mental health, problem behavior and health.

Community Awareness

Community-involved mentoring programs raise awareness of the current issues and educate the public about student's needs, hopes, and dreams. This collaboration is significant, bringing greater connectivity within the school-student system and inspiring marketplace creativity to support student achievement.

 

Parental Engagement

On the social and emotional development front, students that take part in mentoring programs have been shown to have increased levels of positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more as well as communicate better with them.

 

Peer Involvement

Students involved in mentoring relationships have positive influences on other students. Especially in smaller friendship circles. In fact, these students are 130% more likely to mentor another during their lifetime. Hence, having peers involved in active mentoring is important and beneficial for the entire student body.