In Loving Memory Of
   Miguel Rodriguez

Be A Volunteer Mentor

An estimated five million American youth are involved in school - community based volunteer mentoring programs.

Although mentoring programs date back to the early 1900's, interest in this intervention approach has intnesified in the past fifteen years. In fact, nearly half of the current mentoring programs were established in the past five years, and only 18% have beenoperating for more than fifteen years.

Be Part of the Fun

As a kid grows up, a caring adult mentor can be a positive force in a young life. Together, they set and achieve their goals, reveal themselves, take risks, make mistakes, accept each other's strengths and weaknesses, and grow and develop.

  • Kids want mentors and never forget a mentor. Ask a teen who has a mentor.
  • First and foremost, kids get support, friendship, and someone to help guide them.
  • Kids learn that there are caring adults who can be fun, knowledgeable and on "their side."
  • Kids with mentors do better in school and makes it easier for them to go on to higher education. In fact, a kid with a mentor has a 50% greater likelihood of attending college.
  • Mentorship by a teacher nearly doubles the odds of ttending college for disadvantaged students.
  • Kids can learn subjects better with the aid of mentors.
  • Kids with a caring adult mentor don't rely on drugs.
  • Kids have better relationships, friendships and tend to have more emotional support from friends.
  • Kids learn how to communicate better with parents and other adults.
  • Kids have a more positive self-image about themselves. Things they don't like about themselves become less important when a mentor is involved who spends time and coaching the kids in a safe environment.