By the Numbers 2016-2017

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?

Results—

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         

  

Research also shows that mentoring can impact students’ sense of optimism, self-efficacy, and school-connectedness which frequently precedes improvements in grades and other school related issues.