Studies proved that mentoring youth can result in positive outcomes associated with academic achievement, physical health, socioemotional competence, and improved decision-making skills and goal-setting self-efficacy. However, naturally occurring mentoring relationships may not be easily accessible for many youth. An estimated 16 million youth are projected to reach adulthood without having a mentor who will support, guide, and help them traverse both challenges and opportunities they face during adolescence.
Studies show that 9 million youth in America say that as life closes up on them, they have no adults to talk to. When this happens they have less support in school, they are less likely to connect with the community and more likely to miss out on opportunities. Youth with mentors:
- Have a 55% greater chance to attend college
- Are 78% more likely to volunteer
- Are 130% more likely to lead others
- Are 81% more likely to participate in sports.
Our mentor program is for individuals who wish to make a positive difference in the lives of the youth in their communities. Mentors receive more than 60 hours of training that meets or exceeds all the current best practices of mentoring programs as outlined by MENTOR’s cornerstone publication, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, which details research-informed and practitioner-approved Standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and consequently, impactful mentoring relationships. The Fourth Edition, released in September 2015, reflects the most up-to-date research, practice, and thinking in the mentoring field.
“Mentoring is becoming more prevalent in organizations, and both mentors and mentees need to acquire as much knowledge as possible about the mentoring process before engaging in mentoring relationship” – Linda Searby
IYDE wants to help your community become excellent in supporting and developing the youth. When we contract with you, we work invisibly behind the scenes to train your volunteers to become mentors. We customize the training to focus on teaching the mentors how to achieve the goals you have for the youth of your community. The end result is simply that everyone sees your youth relations and programs expanding and prospering.