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.