Mentoring helps youth with disabilities prepare to move from school to work, according to research. Young people with mentors are more likely to do positive activities and achieve higher educational goals.
The Mentoring Effect reports that at-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to:
- Enroll in and graduate from college than those who did not have a mentor (76 percent versus 56 percent).
- Participate in sports or extracurricular activities than those who did not have a mentor (67 percent versus 37 percent).
- Hold a leadership position in a club, sports team, school council or other group than those who did not have a mentor (51 percent versus 22 percent).
- Volunteer regularly in their communities than those who did not have a mentor (48 percent versus 27).
Mentoring is a win-win for both the mentor and person being mentored. Mentors can share their experiences and lessons learned; young people with mentors are more likely to reach their goals.
How Can I Become a Mentor, Or Find One?
Here are a few resources to connect you with mentorship opportunities in your community.
Mentoring Positives provides mentoring services to youth and their families in Dane County and surrounding communities. Its goal is to prepare youth for their post-education career by strengthening their social skills and self-confidence.
Learn more about Mentoring Positives.
Wisconsin Women’s Network Mentorship Program
The Wisconsin Women’s Network Mentorship Program pairs college students with professional women to give students networking opportunities and a professional advisor.
Learn more about the Wisconsin Women’s Network Mentorship Program.
Visit MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, to learn how to become a mentor or to find a mentor for a youth in your community. Their resources include:
- Mentoring Connector – a free, searchable national database of mentoring programs across the country.
- Start a Program – resources and tools to develop and implement a quality-based mentoring program in your community.
Learn more about MENTOR.
Great people have great mentors. Share your greatness!