“Research has shown that young adults at-risk for dropping out of high school, but with a mentor, are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college and 78 percent more likely to give back to their communities than their peers who didn’t have a mentor.”
The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T and written by Mary Bruce and John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises with Hart Research, the report confirms what past research has indicated: quality mentoring relationships provide young people with positive and complementary benefits on a variety of personal, academic and professional factors. However, more than one in three young people – an estimated 16 million – have never had an adult mentor of any kind while growing up. This includes an estimated 9 million at-risk youth, who are less likely to graduate high school, go on to college and achieve social and economic mobility. Encouragingly, an estimated 4.5 million at-risk young people will have a structured mentoring relationship while growing up.