Mentoring Research Mentoring: Research to Results

The Power of Mentoring

Based upon experience and research studies, we know that youth mentoring helps adolescents become more successful in life. Mentoring results in an increase in self-confidence, improved grades, social skills, future career opportunities and life in general. Mentoring significantly reduces delinquency incidences, the risk of substance abuse and academic challenges. The research provided below about the many benefits of mentoring provides a powerful testimony to this.

Research To Results

Preventing Multiple Risky Behaviors Among Adolescents: Seven Strategies

Mary A. Terzian, Ph.D., M.S.W., Kristine M. Andrews, Ph.D., and Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D.

Taking risks is fairly common in adolescence. Risky behaviors can be associated with serious, long-term, and – in some cases – life-threatening consequences. This is especially the case when adolescents engage in more than one harmful behavior. The tendency for risky behaviors to co-occur has been well-studied. Yet prevention efforts traditionally have taken a targeted approach, seeking to prevent a single risky behavior.

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The Benefits of Mentoring

Preventing Multiple Risky Behaviors Among Adolescents: Seven Strategies

A report by the national organization MENTOR found children benefit from mentoring by having stronger performance at school, are more ambitious and greater matriculation. MENTOR's President and CEO David Shapiro says the study shows it's clear mentors are important.

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President Obama Proclaims January 2014 National Mentoring Month

President Barack Obama launched 2014 by declaring January National Mentoring Month through a presidential proclamation. This 13th annual public awareness campaign is aimed at expanding quality mentoring programs to connect more of our nation's young people with the mentors they need to reach success at school, at home and in their communities and in the workforce.

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Research In Action Series

Research in Action is an innovative series that highlights the importance of connecting mentoring research to practice and policy to increase the impact of youth mentoring.

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Youth mentoring linked to many positive effects, new study shows

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Researchers are releasing the first results of one of the largest mentoring studies ever conducted. The five-year study, which tracks the experiences of almost 1,000 children and teenagers registered with Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Canada, found that those with a mentor are significantly more confident in their academic abilities and considerably less likely to display behavioral problems.

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The Role of Risk

Herrera, Carla, David L. DuBois and Jean Baldwin Grossman. The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles, Executive Summary. New York, NY: A Public/Private Ventures project distributed by MDRC.

Findings suggest that mentoring benefited youth's emotional/psychological well-being, peer relationships, academic attitudes, and grades. At the 13-month follow-up assessment, findings from the quasi-experimental portion of the evaluation indicated that mentored youth were doing significantly better than youth in the non-mentored comparison group on a number of important outcome measures. In particular, these youth reported:

  • Fewer depressive symptoms
  • Greater acceptance by their peers;
  • More positive beliefs about their ability to succeed in school;
  • and better grades in school
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Youth in Foster Care With Adult Mentors During Adolescence Have Improved Adult Outcomes

Kym R. Ahrens, David Lane DuBois, Laura P. Richardson, Ming-Yu Fan and Paula Lozano. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2007-0508

Mentoring relationships with non-parental adults have been shown to have positive effects on adolescents. This seems to be true regardless of whether mentorship occurs naturally (ie, when youth develop relationships from their own lives)1–3 or in the context of a program such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.4 Less is known regarding the impact of mentoring relationships on at-risk youth. Youth in foster care (YFC) are at increased risk for poor adult outcomes in numerous domains, including mental and physical health,5,6 delinquent and risky behavior, educational attainment, 6–10 and employment.6,8–1

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Mentoring, leadership program key to ending bullying in at-risk teen girls

Miranda Taylor

New research from experts within the University of Minnesota School of Nursing has found teen girls at high risk for pregnancy reported being significantly less likely to participate in social bullying after participating in an 18-month preventive intervention program.

This research, in combination with University of Minnesota School of Nursing research findings from March 2013, demonstrate the preventative intervention program can reduce social bullying among all girls, including those who did and did not have strong family ties. Furthermore, girls in the intervention program were significantly more likely to enroll in college or technical school, actions that reduce the risk for involvement in serious violence during early adulthood.

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