Resources

If you are unfamiliar with the tremendous impact that mentoring and one-on-one relationships can have on youth, please take time to browse the sites listed below. It has been proven time and again that these personalized relationships can powerfully transform lives. 

 

Youth Mentoring in Perspective

This article, though written in 2001, does a tremendous job of highlighting the positive impact that mentoring can have on students. “At follow-up, youth who were matched with mentors reported lower levels of substance use and initiation, less physical aggression, more positive parent and peer relationships, and higher scholastic competence, attendance, and grades than control youth."


Changing Perspectives. Changing Lives.

This informational page from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization website gives these statistics:

Students who have been mentored are:
• more confident in their schoolwork performance
• able to get along better with their families
• 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
• 52% less likely to skip school.

 

Adolescent Mentoring

The article not only highlights the positive impacts that mentoring can have on students, it also discusses the concerns from failed mentoring relationships. We have considered many such problems in developing our program and have a system in place that we feel will prevent or solve many of the possible issues associated with mentoring.
 

Mentoring the Next Generation

“Most successful people say that they had mentors to help them along the way who guided and encouraged them.”  This overview of a Christian book called “Mentoring the Next Generation” delves into the history of mentoring, research from Harvard, and Scripture supporting this type of loving relationship.