The following survey responses are based on students we currently serve and their mentors. (50 active LHS matches)
First: Who are we serving? Why do students ask for mentors?
- 100% Emotional Support — “I need someone to talk to—someone who listens”
- 82% Needs caring adult - Lost a parent to death, divorce, parents emotionally unavailable, too busy, dysfunction in family, lots of family conflict
- 80% Self-Advocacy/Self-Esteem - Needs someone to believe in them, encourage them, help them solve problems, find resources, try new things
- 80% Future Planning - Talk about college, careers, job hunting, set goals, figure out what I want to do with my life, first generation students
- 62% Do Better in School - Not doing well academically, wants help with classwork or organization, doesn’t like school, misses a lot of school—can be the result of other factors outside of school
- 18% Problem Behaviors - Getting in trouble, suspended, D/A, anger management
Second: Who are our mentors? Why do they volunteer?
100% ALL mentors interviewed volunteer because they want to make a difference in the life of a young person either because they want to give back (someone mentored them) or they wish they would have had the opportunity to have a mentor as a young person (addressing a perceived lack of services, make things better for this generation